Seminary students Renee Edington and Kevin Adams join Professor John Inscore Essick to talk about Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead quartet: Gilead, Home, Lila, and Jack. In particular, they explore the world(s) of the novel(s) and the world(s) of the reader in order to develop ministerial and historical imagination. A 14-episode podcast recorded weekly as part of the Novels, Ministry, and Historical Imagination course at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (BSK).
Episode 1 – Introducing the Podcast and Hopes for the Series
We explain how this unique learning experience came to be and consider our preferences about podcasting in general. We close out this initial episode by naming what we hope to get out of a semester which will demand that we record a live session each and every week.
Episode 2 – Who is Marilynne Robinson?
Drawing on the scholarly work of Dr. Alex Engebretson in his book, Understanding Marilynne Robinson, we attempt to introduce Marilynne Robinson to ourselves and the listener.
Episode 3 - Gilead, part 1/3
We dive into Gilead and discuss our first impressions of the novel, pandemic preaching, and abolitionist tunneling.
Episode 4 - Gilead, part 2/3
This episode continues the theme of abolitionism by looking at that “Shining Star” of radicalism (i.e., Iowa) and John Brown’s “League of Gileadites.” We also examine the complicated relationship between Ames and Jack, which includes a pastoral moment brimming with potential.
Episode 5 - Gilead, part 3/3
Spoiler alert. In this final episode on Gilead, we talk about Ames and Lila, figure out why Jack is back in Gilead, and debrief a sublime pastoral goodbye. We conclude by sharing a few thoughts on the book as a whole.
Episode 6 – Home, part 1/3
Home takes us into the Boughton house, where Glory, Jack, and Boughton are trying to live under one roof.
A Wonderful Discovery
Anyone looking for thoughtful discourse on Robinson’s work has found the place. What a pleasant discussion to be apart of, if only as a listener.