By Robert E. Van Voorst
ANTHOLOGY of global SCRIPTURES is a finished selection of scriptures from the main international religions, together with: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in addition to scriptures from more moderen spiritual pursuits. The textual content offers scripture readings in context, providing you with a framework that indicates how each one faith is admittedly practiced this day, in addition to its background, teachings, association, ethics and rituals. The readings are supported by means of introductions, examine questions, glossaries, and proposals for additional examining, offering extra instruments for assessment.
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And because scriptures are authoritative, they typically reflect the distinctive main aspects of each tradition. ‘‘Despite the variety of attitudes to scriptural works [in the world’s religions], there is a continuing tendency to find in a sacred text . . ’’23 The fourth advantage of studying scriptures lies in their ancient or foundational character. They or the oral traditions on which they are based arise soon after the beginning of a religion and often signal important stages in its early development.
New York: Crossroad, 1993. A comprehensive selection of scriptures and other important religious writings from, among others, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and select new religious movements. com for learning tools such as map explorations, flashcards of glossary terms, learning objectives, chapter practice quizzes, links to other websites for learning and research, and chapter summaries in PowerPoint1 format. C H A g P T E R T W O Hinduism Reading Hindu Scripture A Hindu woman in Varanasi, India, reads the Bhagavad Gita devotionally.
Those who read from a religious background must always try to keep their own viewpoints identified and in check. Those with no religious commitments must try to suspend any doubts they may have about religion and scriptures. We read scriptures as outsiders in an objective, scholarly, noncommittal way. This is altogether necessary as a first step in coming to grips with scriptures. 28 27 See Levering, Rethinking Scripture, pp. 3–5, for more on this Protestant bias. See the excellent remarks by Eric Sharpe in Encyclopedia of Religion, vol.
Anthology of World Scriptures by Robert E. Van Voorst