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By Robert E. Van Voorst

ANTHOLOGY of worldwide SCRIPTURES is a complete choice of scriptures from the most important global religions, together with: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in addition to scriptures from more moderen non secular hobbies. The textual content provides scripture readings in context, providing you with a framework that exhibits how each one faith is absolutely practiced at the present time, in addition to its historical past, teachings, association, ethics and rituals. The readings are supported via introductions, research questions, glossaries, and proposals for additional interpreting, offering extra instruments for assessment.

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For example, the formal Chinese style used by several Confucian and Taoist scriptures is often elusive or even cryptic. Moreover, to cross the borders of language families in translation (to go from Semitic languages of the Jewish Bible and the Qur’an into English, for example) is more difficult than staying inside a language family (to go from the Greek New Testament into English). These difficulties result in translations that vary widely.  Bias creeps in. Translators inevitably cannot be fully objective and sometimes distort meaning.

Genre a literary form, such as poetry, myth, proverb, narrative history, and philosophical meditation. scripture text that a religious community holds to be especially sacred and authoritative. Abrahamic monotheisms Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. g QUESTIONS FOR STUDY AND DISCUSSION 1. What does the word scripture mean to you? 2. ’’ To what extent do you agree or disagree with this common statement? 3. Suppose that a new potential scripture—a new gospel book about Jesus, for example—is discovered and shown to be authentic.

W. A. ’’ In M. , The Encyclopedia of Religion, vol. 13, pp. 133–145. New g COMPANION York: Macmillan, 1987. This lucid article is the best short survey of its topic. -L. Kwok and E. , Women’s Sacred Scriptures. London: SCM Press/Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998. A treatment of the scriptures of several world religions with a view to a feminist reclaiming of scripture. M. , Rethinking Scripture: Essays from a Comparative Perspective. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989. Has an excellent essay by W.

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