at odds with her Hasidic community, where
life revolved around rules and the Rebbe’s
pronouncements. Even after her family moves
away and adopts a more liberal life, Deitsch
feels aggrieved. There’s nothing very dramatic
here, and the most surprising element is the
lack of opposition she faces. Since the book
ends before true adulthood, readers get only
hints of how family acceptance evolved. But
Deitsch writes engagingly in a smart, true voice
that makes readers want to know even more.
YA: Teens with their own religious
struggles will identify with the pushes and
pulls of community and faith. IC.
Jesus in History, Legend, Scripture, and
Tradition: A World Encyclopedia.
Ed. by Leslie Houlden and Antone Minard.
2v. 2015. 695p. ABC-CLIO, $189 (9781610698030). 232.03.
This new reference work is a revised version
of Jesus in History, Thought and Culture: An Encyclopedia (2003). The revisions are, however,
quite extensive, raising at least two questions.
Is this new set a revision or an altogether
new work? Is it an improvement over the
earlier edition? The revised edition removes
a great deal of content, such as the entries
for important Christian theologians, biblical scholars, and Christian saints. Although
that information may be readily accessible in
other reference works, many of the omitted
individuals are important contributors to our
understanding of Jesus.
A survey on African Christianity, along
with entries on Buddhism and Hinduism,
has also been omitted. This revision does include articles on Islam and Christianity and
Judaism and Christianity, but no coverage is
extended to the intersection of Buddhism or
Hinduism and Christianity. This is striking,
given that this revised version seeks to serve
the interests of a general American and international audience. Finally, not all of the
entries and supplemental bibliographies
appear updated. For example, the entry
Religion in film fails to mention Mel Gibson’s
2004 production The Passion of the Christ.
There are several new entries here, including
Anabaptists, Conversion narrative, Slavery,
and Witch trials. Discussions of
Megachurch-es, Religion in television, and Satanic panic
provide content of a contemporary nature
and broaden the scope of the work to include information on activity conducted in
Upon its publication, the earlier edition
was generally well received. In retaining
much of the original content, the revised
edition stands on a firm foundation. The
new content may broaden the work’s appeal.
Recommended for academic and large public libraries. —Christopher McConnell
Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer.
By Scott H. Hendrix.
Nov. 2015. 368p. illus. Yale, $35 (9780300166699);
e-book (9780300166958). 284.1092.
After the rediscovery of his late anti-
Semitic writings and his homeland’s descent
into Nazism, the twentieth century wasn’t
kind to Martin Luther. With astonishing
conciseness, Hendrix goes
a long way toward restor-
ing the reputation of the
father of the Reformation.
Giving equal weight to Lu-
My Name Used to Be Muhammad
ther’s personal life, career,
political obligations, and
thought, Hendrix conjures
a man worthy of legend-
izing who yet loved and honored common
people and common life. From initial dis-
gust with the sixteenth-century papacy’s
moneygrubbing, Luther came to see that
the church’s problems lay in its corporate-
imperial structure and trappings, including
priestly celibacy, monasticism, hierarchy,
and, fundamentally, the doctrine that good
works brought salvation. No, he said, faith
in Christ’s sacrifice was what mattered; good
works only expressed that faith. His ideas so
impressed his time that they—the ideas—
as much as any followers thrust leadership
upon him. He had the necessary grit, but
one of Hendrix’s special efforts is to dem-
onstrate how Luther was enabled by those
he convinced, crucially including several
wealthy, powerful, devout princes. Though
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