Anthology of World Scriptures by Robert E. Van Voorst

By Robert E. Van Voorst

ANTHOLOGY of worldwide SCRIPTURES is a entire 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 newer non secular pursuits. The textual content provides scripture readings in context, supplying you with a framework that indicates how every one faith is absolutely practiced this present day, in addition to its historical past, teachings, association, ethics and rituals. The readings are supported through introductions, research questions, glossaries, and proposals for additional analyzing, delivering extra instruments for evaluate.

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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. Would such a potential scripture actually get into the scripture canon of Christianity?

Gill, who proposed that uses of scripture are informative and performative. Informative means imparting information in various ways, such as in doctrine and history. 18 In both its informative and performative aspects, scripture is also used for transformation. This transformative power is a result of its sacredness and authority. Scriptures come from a sacred source and are themselves sacred. This sacred quality generally entails some power to make holy those who read or listen to them. The transformative power of scripture occurs in both individual and communal ways—for example, to gain insight about personal or group problems and find the resources to solve them.

New religious movements that originate from some of these religions are also scripture-centered. In contrast, most Asian religions often have a more informal relationship to their scriptures, which lay devotees consult mainly for general guidance and inspiration. ) The varying oral and textual dimensions of scripture also lead to differences in function. Some religions view the spoken word of scripture as primary. In other religions, especially in the Western world, the power and function of the book seem to depend on its written, textual nature.

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