Sacred Texts of the World's Religions

Sacred Texts of the World's Religions

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Brief selections from the sacred texts of the major religious faiths covered in Living Religions, 5/e.
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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 174 x 232 x 12mm | 258.55g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0130495220
  • 9780130495228

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Brief selections from the sacred texts of the major religious faiths covered in Living Religions, 5/e.
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Table of contents


1. Indigenous Sacred Ways.

A Cherokee Origin Tale. A Tale of Kininaekai. A Navajo Song. Yoruba Texts. A Yoruba Origin Tale. The Yoruba Circle of Life. Yoruba Morning Prayer. A Maori Origin Tale. Indigenous Sacred Ways in the Modern World: A Conversation Between Native American and Maori Spiritual Leaders.

2. Hinduism.

Selections from the Rig Veda. Invocation of Angi. The Sacrifice of Purusha. An Origin Tale from the Rig Veda. Selections from the Upanishads. The Laws of Manu and the Stages of Life. Selections from The Bhagavad-Gita.

3. Jainism.

From the Kalpa Sutra: On the life of Mahavira. From the Ankaranga Sutra: Begging for Food.

4. Buddhism.

Theravada Buddhism. Selections from the Dhammapada. Selections from the Discourse on the Analysis of the Undefiled. A Thai Buddhist Sermon. Mahayana Buddhism. The Bodhisattva. Wonderful Voice Bodhisattva. Hymn to Perfect Wisdom. Buddhist Texts from China and Japan.

5. Taoism and Confucianism.

Taoist Texts. On Tolerance. Selections from the Tao-te Ching. Confucian Texts. Selections from the Analects of Confucius. The Meaning and Value of Rituals.

6. Shinto.

The Kojiki.

7. Judaism.

Selections from the Hebrew Bible. A Biblical Origin Tale. Abraham: the Father of Many Nations. Exodus, the Scriptural Warrant for Passover. Law and Ethics. Absolute Monotheism. Selections from the Rabbinic Tradition. Selections from the Talmud. Selections from the Midrash. Selections from the Mishnah. Selections from the Halakhah. A 16th Century Jewish Sermon.

8. Christianity.

Selections from the New Testament. John the Baptist. The Sermon on the Mount. The Crucifixion and Resurrection. Selections from The Literal Meaning of Genesis by Saint Augustine. Selections From .the Rule of Saint Benedict. To the Bishops of Sardinia. Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses.

9. Islam.

Selections from the Qur'an. The Opening. Abraham. Al-Hijr. Light. Selections from The Alchemy of Happiness. Selections from the Mystical Poetry of Rumi.

10. Sikhism.

Selections from the Hymns of Guru Arjan.

11. New Religious Movements.

Selections from the Kitab-I-Aqadas. Selections from the Sedona Vortex Experience.
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