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Anthology of Asian Scriptures

Anthology of Asian Scriptures
Author: Robert E. Van Voorst
ISBN 13: 9780534512460
ISBN 10: 534512461
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2000-02-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $124.95

ANTHOLOGY OF ASIAN SCRIPTURES is a reader containing some of the most notable and instructive scriptures of the major Asian religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, and Zoroastrianism. It is a comprehensive and pedagogically sound presentation of the sacred literature of the Asia. ANTHOLOGY OF ASIAN SCRIPTURES is organized as follows: The first chapter examines the general phenomenon of scripture in the world's religions, its nature, use, and place in modern scholarship. Chapter 1 also introduces the reader to the art of reading scripture with practical suggestions, a pronunciation guide for foreign words, and other pedagogical aids. Each subsequent chapter presents the scripture of a single religion and is organized as follows: Three or four vignettes about scripture and its usage draw the reader's interest and imagination, then an introduction sets the context by explaining the overall structure, origin, development, and use of the scripture in its religion.


Introduces the most important scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. Presents scripture passages organized in a way helpful for teaching and learning, setting them in the context of their application to the traditions themselves. Passages for each religion are organized by history, main doctrinal teachings, ethical systems, and other criteria. Learning features include religion and scripture introductions, and discussion questions. The author teaches at Western Theological Seminary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)