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Anthology of World Scriptures Western Religions

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ISBN-13: 9780495170594
Edition: 2007
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Description: Robert Van Voorst's ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, now in its fifth edition, is the most widely adopted anthology in comparative world religions courses. Now, for the first time, Wadsworth is proud to present Van Voorst's ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD  More...

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List price: $117.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210

Robert Van Voorst's ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, now in its fifth edition, is the most widely adopted anthology in comparative world religions courses. Now, for the first time, Wadsworth is proud to present Van Voorst's ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS. This new volume contains not only all of the scriptural selections from the previous ANTHOLOGY, but also newer textual material for each religion that brings scripture study closer to our own time. Included in this concise, affordable reader is coverage of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and four new religious movements?Baha'i, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Christian Science, and the Unification Church. Van Voorst's characteristic clarity and pedagogical vision make for a student-friendly and scholarly dependable guide to the history, doctrines, ethical systems, structures and rituals of these major Western religions.

Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst, Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has written frequently on religious studies in noted journals and reference works. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including six with Cengage Learning: RELG: WORLD, 2nd Edition; READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, 8th Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS; and READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY, now also in a Chinese version. Other books by Van Voorst include BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, 3rd Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian document; and JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT, an examination of traditions about Jesus from ancient classical and Jewish documents, now also in Italian.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Western Scripture among the World's Religions
A Brief History of Scripture Scholarship
The Nature and Definition of Scripture
The Uses of Scripture
Advantages and Disadvantages of Studying Western Religions through Their Scriptures
Western Scriptures and Modern Scholarship
Western Scriptures and the World Wide Web
The Plan of This Book
Suggestions on How to Read Western Scriptures
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Zoroastrianism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Use
Origin and Development
History
The Call of Zarathushtra (Yasna 29)
A Hymn of Praise to Zarathushtra (Yasht 24:87b-94)
Teaching and Ethics
Hymn to Ahura and the Purifying Fire (Yasna 36)
Hymn to Ahura Mazda the Creator (Yasna 37:1-5)
The Choice between Good and Evil (Yasna 30)
Worship and Ritual
The Place of the Gathas (Yasna 55:1-3)
The Zoroastrian Confession (Yasna 12)
The Four Great Prayers (From the Yasna)
Disposal of the Dead (Vendidad, Fargard 6, section 5, 44-51)
Later Development of Scriptural Themes
Judgment of the Soul at the Chinvat Bridge (Menok I Khrat 2.110-195)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Judaism
Introduction
Names
Use
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
History
The Call of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-9)
The Call of Moses (Exodus 3:1-20)
Crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 14:1-31)
The Covenant with Israel (Exodus 19:1-8)
A Psalm for David (Psalm 132)
Ezra's Enforcement of Torah Observance (Ezra 9:1-7, 13-15; 10:1-12)
Teaching
The Oneness of God (Deuteronomy 6:1-9)
God's Creation of the World (Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-9, 15-25)
The Revolt of Humanity (Genesis 3:1-24)
Prayer for Divine Deliverance (Psalm 5)
The Messianic King (Isaiah 11:1-9)
The Final Judgment of the World (Daniel 7:1-14)
Resurrection of the Dead (Daniel 12:1-3)
Ethics
The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-14)
Laws on Slaves, Violence, and Property (Exodus 21:1-36; 22:15-26)
Justice for All (Exodus 23:1-9)
Holy War (Deuteronomy 20:1-20)
Sexual Love (Song of Songs 1:1-2:17)
God's Call to an Unfaithful People (Amos 4:1-13)
Two Views of Wisdom (Proverbs 1:1-9; 20-33; Ecclesiastes 1:1-9)
The Virtuous Wife (Proverbs 31:10-31)
Organization
The Ordination of Priests (Exodus 29:1-37)
A Call to Be a Prophet (Isaiah 6:1-13)
Women as Judges and Prophets (Judges 4:4-10, 12-16; II Kings 22:11-20)
Ritual
The Establishment of Circumcision (Genesis 17:9-14, 23-27)
The Establishment of the Passover (Exodus 12:1-19, 24-27)
The Observance of the Sabbath (Exodus 31:12-17)
Offerings for the Forgiveness of Sin (Leviticus 4:27-5:7)
The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1-5, 11-19, 29-34)
Kosher and Nonkosher Foods (Leviticus 11:1-31, 41-45)
Later Developments of Scriptural Themes
The Chain of Rabbinic Tradition: "The Sayings of the Fathers" (Mishnah, Aboth 1.1-18)
The Replacement of Sacrifice by Study (Babylonian Talmud, Minahot 110a)
The Duty to Marry and Have Children (Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth 61b-63)
Why Judaism Survives under Persecution (Maimonides, Letter to Yemen)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Suggestions for Further Reading
Christianity
Introduction
Names
Overview of Structure
Use
Origin and Development
History
The Birth of Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 1:18-25)
Jesus' Miracles (Luke 8:26-56)
The Arrest, Trial, and Death of Jesus (Mark 14:43-50, 53-65; 15:1-41)
The Resurrection of Jesus (Mark 16:1-8)
The Ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:6-11)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-21)
Persecution of the Apostles (Acts 5:27-42)
The Council at Jerusalem (Acts 15:1-21)
Teaching
The Parables of Jesus (Mark 4:1-34)
The Divine Word Became Human (John 1:1-18)
Nicodemus Visits Jesus (John 3:1-21)
A Sinful Woman Forgiven (Luke 7:36-50)
Results of Justification (Romans 5:1-11)
The End of Time (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:1-21:4)
Ethics
The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
Directions concerning Marriage (I Corinthians 7:1-16, 25-40)
Love (I Corinthians 13:1-13)
Ethics in the Christian Household (Ephesians 5:21-6:9)
Being Subject to Authorities (Romans 13:1-10)
The Fall of Rome (Revelation 17:1-18:5)
Organization
The Twelve Apostles and Their Mission (Matthew 10:1-15)
Matthew's Church Order (Matthew 18:1-10, 15-22)
Peter as the Rock (Matthew 16:13-20)
Qualifications of Bishops and Deacons (I Timothy 3:1-13)
Women in the Early Church (Luke 10:38-42; I Corinthians 11:2-16; Galatians 3:25-28; I Timothy 2:8-15)
Ritual
Baptism (Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 6:1-14)
The Eucharist (Matthew 26:17-19, 26-29; John 6:25-40, 52-59)
Confession and Anointing (James 5:13-18)
Later Development of Scriptural Themes
The Scripture Canon in Formation (Irenaeus, Against Heresies 1.27.2; Muratorian Canon)
Early Noncanonical Jesus Tradition (Gospel of Thomas 1-2, 13-14, 18, 22, 29, 42, 49-50, 53, 83-84, 99, 101, 104)
Gnostic Christianity and Orthodox Christianity in Conflict (Gospel of Truth 34-43; Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Preface 1.1-2, 7.1-5)
Women and Gnosticism (Gospel of Mary 7:8-18)
Papal Primacy Derived from Petrine Primacy (Pope Leo I, Sermons 4.2-4)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Suggestions for Further Reading
Islam
Introduction
Name
Use
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
History
The Call of Muhammad (Qur'an 96; 53:1-18)
The Mission of Muhammad (Qur'an 11:1-16; 93)
Opposition to Muhammad (Qur'an 52:29b-49; 63)
The Night Journey (Qur'an 17:1-2)
The Flight to Medina (Qur'an 9:40)
The Wives of Muhammad (Qur'an 33:28-40, 50)
The Death of Muhammad (Qur'an 21:34-36)
Teaching
God's Absolute Oneness (Qur'an 6:100-103; 112)
God's Names (Qur'an 59:22-24)
God's Power (Qur'an 24:41-46; 6:95-99)
God's Predestination (Qur'an 42:8-13; 7:177-182)
Jinn (Qur'an 72:1-15)
Creation (Qur'an 15:16-48; 16:1-17)
Adam, Eve, and the Fall (Qur'an 2:30-37)
The Holy Qur'an (Qur'an 42:50-53; 46:1-8; 2:87-91)
On Unbelievers, Jews, and Christians (Qur'an 9:1-7; 3:38-50; 2:111-121, 132-136)
Resurrection and Judgment (Qur'an 75:1-15; 69:14-35)
Heaven and Hell (Qur'an 76:1-22; 56:1-50; 77:1-39)
Ethics
The Conduct of Believers (Qur'an 17:23-38)
Women (Qur'an 4:19-22, 34-39; 2:220-223, 227-233)
The Different Dimensions of Struggle (Jihad) (Qur'an 6:16, 19-20; 48:11-21; 2:190-194, 216-218)
Law Codes (Qur'an 4:1-10)
Worship and Ritual
The Opening of the Qur'an (Qur'an 1)
Confession of Faith (Qur'an 57:1-7; 37:32-39)
Prayer (Qur'an 2:142-149)
Alms (Qur'an 107; 9:53-60)
The Fast (Qur'an 2:183-187)
Pilgrimage (Qur'an 2:125-129; 106; 2:196-199)
The Mosque (Qur'an 24:36-38; 9:15-18)
Against Evil Magic (Qur'an 113; 114)
Later Developments of Scriptural Themes
Selections from the Hadith
On Innovations
On Ritual Washings
On Prayer
On Alms
On God
On the Power of Reading the Qur'an
On the Martyr in Jihad
On Plunder in Jihad
On Women and Children in Jihad
On the Steps for Jihad against Enemies
A Sunni Creed (Creed of Abu Hasan al-Ash'ari)
A Shi'ite Creed (Ibn Babawayh al-Qummi, Risalatu'l I'tiqadat)
Sufi Poetry on Love for God (The Secret Rose Garden 1)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Suggestions for Further Reading
New Religious Movements
Introduction
Names
Use
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
The Scripture of Baha'i
The Essence of Baha'i Teaching and a Sketch of the Life of Baha'u'llah (Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day Is Come, Preface)
Baha'i, Islam, and Christianity (The Bab, Qayyumu'l-Asma 1, 61-62)
Baha'i Laws (Baha'u'llah, Kitab-I-Aqdas 1-2, 12-14, 16, 30-34, 45, 63-65, 149-150, 189)
Baha'i Prayers (Short Obligatory Prayer, Medium Obligatory Prayer, Prayer for America)
The Scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Joseph Smith's Story (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith-History 1, 1-22, 25-35, 40-47, 59-62, 67-74)
The First Description of the Book of Mormon (Book of Mormon, original title page)
The Coming of Jesus Christ in 34 C.E. to the New World (Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 11.1-41)
Destruction of the Nephites and Burial of the Golden Plates (Book of Mormon, Mormon 6:1-3, 6-11, 16-22)
Preparations for the Trek to Utah (Doctrine and Covenants 136.1-11, 17-24, 30-42)
The Essence of Latter-day Saint Teaching (Pearl of Great Price, Articles of Faith 1-13)
Church Pronouncements on Polygamy and Men of African Descent (Doctrine and Covenants, Official Declarations of 1890 and 1978)
The Scripture of Christian Science
Introduction to Christian Science Scripture and to the Work of Mary Baker Eddy (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Preface)
The Essence of Christian Science Teaching (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Recapitulation")
Prayer and Its Role (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Prayer")
Healing Practices (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Christian Science Practice")
Interpretation of Genesis 1 (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Genesis")
Two Testimonials to Healing (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Fruitage")
The Scripture of the Unification Church
Dual Characteristics of the Universe and of Human Beings (Divine Principle 1.1.1.1)
The Purpose of the Creation of the Universe (Divine Principle 1.1.3.1)
The Spiritual Fall and the Physical Fall of Adam and Eve (Divine Principle 1.2.2.1-2)
The Restoration of Humanity (Divine Principle 1.3, Introduction)
Salvation through the Second Messiah, the True Parent (Divine Principle 2, Introduction)
The Advent of the Second Messiah as a Korean (Divine Principle 2.6, Introduction; 2.6.3.2-3)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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