Scriptures of the World's Religions

Scriptures of the World's Religions

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The fifth edition of Scriptures of the World's Religions brings together many of the world's most influential sacred texts. This text includes chapters on the twelve major religious traditions today, plus two chapters on indigenous religious practices. With comprehensive introductions in each chapter, the selected writings emphasize each religion's founders, central doctrines, and historical development. The translated texts in this collection, many of which were translated specifically for this book, are stylistically clear and up-to-date.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 160 x 231 x 23mm | 712g
  • MCGRAW-HILL Professional
  • United States
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • 0078119154
  • 9780078119156
  • 2,594,219

Table of contents

Hinduism Introduction
Vedanta: The and Their Commentaries
Yoga and Epics
Devotional Literature
Treatises on DharmaJainism
Jaina ScripturesBuddhism
The Life of the Buddha
Pali Canon
Mahaya na Scriptures
Tibetan Buddhist Scriptures
Chinese and Japanese Buddhist Scriptures Sikhism
Sikh ScripturesConfucianism
Confucian Scriptures Daoism
Daoist Scriptures Shinto
Shinto Scriptures Australian Aboriginal Religion
Australian Aboriginal Myths Zoroastrianism
The Avesta
Pahlavi Writings
Zurvan Writings Judaism
Books of Moses
Conquest and United Kingdom
Divided Kingdom and Exile
Post-Exilic Writings
Rabbinic Writings
Medieval Judaism
Recent Movements
Orthodox Judaism: Service Prayer for the Day of AtonementChristianity
Jesus' Birth and Ministry
Jesus' Death
New Testament Church
Noncanonical Gospels
Early Statements of Faith
Church Fathers, Saints, and Mystics
The Rule of Saint Benedict
The Council of Trent
Pope Leo XIII On the Condition of Labor: Rerum Novarum
Protestant Statements of Faith
Recent Sectarian Movements Islam
Qur&#39an: Muhammad in Mecca
Qur&#39an: Muhammad in Medina
Sunni and Shi&#39i Writings
Sufi Writings Baha&#39i Faith
The Bab
Shoghi Effendi
The Universal House of Justice Indigenous Religions of the West
War of the Gods: Yoruba Myth
America Origin of Corn: Creek Myth
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About James Fieser

James Fieser is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his B.A. from Berea College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University. He is author, co-author or editor of ten textbooks, including Philosophy: A Historical Survey with Essential Readings (9/e 2014), Scriptures of the World's Religions (5/e 2014), Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong (7/e 2012), Business Ethics and the Bottom Line (2012), A Historical Introduction to Philosophy (2003), and Moral Philosophy through the Ages (2001). He has edited and annotated the ten-volume Early Responses to Hume (2/e 2005) and the five-volume Scottish Common Sense Philosophy (2000). He is founder and general editor of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy web site ( His personal website can be accessed at

John Powers is Professor of Asian Studies in the School of Culture, History, and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. He received a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, an MA from McMaster University, and a PhD from the University of Virginia. He is the author of fourteen books and more than sixty articles, including A Bull of a Man: Images of Masculinity, Sex, and the Body in Indian Buddhism (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009); History as Propaganda: Tibetan Exiles versus the Peoples Republic of China (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004); and Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 2007). He teaches courses on Buddhism, contemporary India, methodology for Asian Studies, and Asian Religions.
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