Anthology of World Scriptures

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List price: $136.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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.

Scritpure 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 Religions Through their Scriptures
World Scriptures and Modern Scholarship
World Scriptures and the World Wide Web
The Plan of This Book
Suggestions on How to Read Scriptures
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Companion Website
Hinduism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use
Historical Origin and Development Teaching
Aditi and the Birth of the Gods (Rig-Veda 10.72)
Two Philosophical Views of Creation (Rig-Veda 10.129
Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad 1.4.1-7)
The God Indra (Rig-Veda 2.12)
Rudra and Shiva (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 3.1-13)
"That You Are" (Chandogya Upanishad 6.1-2, 9-11)
Ethics
Sin and Forgiveness (Rig-Veda 7.86)
The Three Da's (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 5.2)
The Way of Asceticism (Mundaka Upanishad 2.1-3, 5-8, 10-13)
Stages of Life for a Twice-Born Man (Laws of Manu 2.69-74, 191-201; 3.1-19; 6.1-9, 33-49)
The Life of Women (Laws of Manu 3.55-60; 5.147-165)
Organization
Creation and the Caste System (Rig-Veda 10.90.1-14)
The Duties of the Four Castes (Institutes of Vishnu 2.1-17)
The Outcastes (Laws of Manu 10.51-57)
Ritual and Meditation
The Gayatri Mantra (Rig-Veda 3.62.10)
Sacrifice to Agni in the Veda and Brahmanas (Rig-Veda 1.1; Agni-Brahmana 1.1-19)
Soma (Rig-Veda 8.48)
Marriage (Rig-Veda 10.85.20-47)
Cremation (Rig-Veda 10.16)
Charms and Spells (Atharva-Veda 6.20; 7.70; 6.9; 3.16)
Chanting of Om (Chandogya Upanishad 1.1.1-10)
The Practice of Yoga (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 2.8-15)
Selections from the Bhagavad-Gita
Two Tamil Poets, Appar and Tukaram. [Appar:]
Confession of Sin
The Presence of God. [Tukaram:] Waiting
The Burden of the Past Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Companion Website
Buddhism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use
Historical Origin and Development History
The Past Lives of Siddhartha Gotama (Past Lives 190)
The Life of Siddhartha Gotama (Acts of the Buddha)
The Death of Gotama Buddha (Book of the Great Decease 6.1-12, 31-35, 45-48)
Teaching
The Four Noble Truths (Book on Turning the Wheel of the Law 1-8)
The Noble Eightfold Path (Book on Turning the Wheel of the Law 9-20)
The Skandhas and the Chain of Causation (Acts of the Buddha 16.1, 28-50)
The Essence of Mahayana Buddhism (The Heart Sutra)
A Mahayana View of the Buddha (Lotus Sutra of the True Law 2.36; 10.1)
The Blessings of the Pure Land (Array of the Joyous Land Sutra)
Tibetan Buddhist Enlightenment according to Milarepa (Life of Milarepa 2.7)
Ethics
Conduct of the Monk (Dhammapada 25, 360-382)
Admonition to Laity (Cullavagga, Dammikasutta 18-27)
The Wisdom of the Buddha (Dhammapada 1-20)
Organization
Founding of the Monastic Order (Mahavagga 1.6.10, 11-16, 27-30, 32, 34, 37)
Founding of the Order of Nuns (Cullavagga 10.1.1-6)
Rules of Defeat for Monks and Nuns (Patimokkha, Parajika Dhamma 1-4)
Rules Requiring Formal Meetings of Monks (Patimokkha, Samghadisesa Dhamma 1-13)
Ritual
The Relics of the Buddha (Book of the Great Decease 6.58-60)
Mindfulness in Meditation (Majjhimanikaya, Satipatthanasutta 10.1-9) A Mahayana View of the Merit of Making Images (Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo 16.694)
Tibetan Scripture to Guide the Soul after Death (The Tibetan Book of the Dead 1.1-2) A Zen Koan, "What Is Extraordinary?" (The Blue Cliff Record 26)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Companion Website
Jainism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use, Historical Origin and Development History
The Life of Mahavira (Acaranga Sutra 2.15.6-9, 14, 16-20, 22-25, 27)
Teaching The Causes of Sin (Acaranga Sutra 1.1-2)
The Road to Final Deliverance (Uttaradhyayana Sutra 28)
Ethics
Ahimsa (Sutrakritanga 1.7.1-9)
Rules for Monastic Life (Uttaradhyayana Sutra 35)
Organization
The Five Great Vows (Acaranga Sutra 2.15.1-4)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Companion Website
Sikhism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use
Historical Origin and Development Teaching
Selections from the Japji (Japji 1-3, 5-6, 9, 15, 17-18, 20-22, Epilogue)
Remembering God (Gauri Sukhmani, Mahala 5)
Dancing for Krishna (Rag Gurji, Mahala 3)
The Hindu Thread (Asa Ki Var, Mahala 1)
Ethics
Prayer for Forgiveness (Rag Bihagra, Mahala 5)
Against the Use of Wine (Rag Bihagra, Mahala 1)
Organization
The Guru (Rag Gauri, Mahala 3)
God's Power in the Sikh Community (Rag Gauri, Mahala 5)
Ritual
Hymn for the Installation of the Guru Granth (Rag Devgandhari, Mahala 5) A Marriage Hymn (Rag Asa, Mahala 5)
Appendix: Selections from the Dasam Granth
Guru Gobind Singh's Story (Dasam Granth, Vichitar Natak 6)
God as the Holy Sword (Dasam Granth, Vichitar Natak 6)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Companion Website
Confucianism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use
Historical Origin and Development History
The Character of Confucius (Analects 2.4; 7.1-9, 19-24; 10.1-3, 8-12)
Teaching The Way (Analects 16.2)
The Goodness of Human Nature (Mencius 6.1.1-4, 6)
Ethics
The Virtues of the Superior Man (Analects 1.1-4, 6-9, 14; 15.17-23)
173 The Five Relationships (Classic of Rites 20.8-9)
Benevolence (Analects 4.1-6)
The Actions and Attitudes of Filiality (Classic of Rites 10.1, 4, 7, 10-11, 13-15; Analects 2.5-7; 4.18-21; 13.18)
Propriety (Analects 3.3-4, 8, 12-14, 17-19)
The Love of Learning (Analects 17.8-9)
The Basis of Good Government (The Great Learning 1, 3-7; 9.1, 3-5)
Confidence and Prosperity in Government (Mencius 4.3, 9; 1.6.20-24)
Ritual
Divination (Classic of Changes 1, 47, 54)
Songs for Sacrifice (Classic of Poetry: Kau 7
Minor Odes 10.1, 3; Minor Odes 5)
Music and Morality (Classic of Rites 17.2.10-11, 15-16, 18)
Attack upon Buddhism (Ch'ang-li hsien-sheng wen-chi 39.2b-42)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Companion Website
Taoism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use, Historical Origin and Development
Teaching
The Nature of the Tao (Tao Te Ching 1, 6, 25, 34; Chuang-tzu 29)
The World (Tao Te Ching 7, 42, 52)
The Relationship of Taoism to Confucianism (Pao-p'u Tzu 7.5a)
Ethics
Nonaction (Chuang-tzu 7)
Individual Life in Harmony with the Tao (Tao Te Ching 16, 22, 33, 44)
The Superior Man (Chuang-tzu 12)
Government (Tao Te Ching 3, 18, 57, 64)
On Death (Chuang-tzu 18)
Reward and Retribution (T'ai-Shang 1)
Ritual
Methods of Prolonging Life (Pao-p'u Tzu 15.6b-7a; 19.6b-7a)
The Origins of Feng Shui (Zang Shu 1.1-4, 7-25, 30-43)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Companion Website
Shinto
Introduction
Selections from the Kojiki
Preface to the Kojiki
The Creation of Japan (Kojiki 1-5, 33)
The Story of Emperor Yuryaku and the Woman Akawi-ko (Kojiki 154)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Companion Website
Zoroastrianism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use
Historical 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)
Judgment of the Soul on Chinvat Bridge (Menok I Khrat 2.110-195)
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 6.5.44-51)
Glossary
Suggestions for Further Reading
Companion Website
Judaism
Introduction
Names
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use
Historical 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, 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)
The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1-5, 11-19, 29-34)
Kosher and Nonkosher Foods (Leviticus 11:1-31, 41-45)
Rabbinic Literature
The Chain of Rabbinic Tradition: "The Sayings of the Fathers" (Mishnah, Aboth 1.1-18)
The Three-Fold Cord of Life (Tosefta, Kiddushin 1:13-17)
An Example of Rabbinic Debate: The Duty to Marry and Have Children (Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth 61b-63)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Companion Website
Christianity
Introduction
Names
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use
Historical 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 (1 Corinthians 7:1-16, 25-40)
Love (1 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 (1 Timothy 3:1-13)
Women in the Early Church (Luke 10:38-42; 1 Corinthians 11:2-16; Galatians 3:25-28; 1 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)
Early Non-canonical Jesus Tradition (Gospel of Thomas 1-2, 13-14, 18, 22, 29, 49-50, 53, 83-84, 99, 101)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Companion Website
Islam
Introduction
Name
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use
Historical 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)
Predestination (Qur'an 42:8-13; 7:177-180)
Jinn (Qur'an 72:1-15)
Creation (Qur'an 15:16-48)
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, 132-137)
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)
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; 2:196-199)
The Mosque (Qur'an 24:36-38; 9:15-18)
Selections from the Hadith
On Innovations
On the Origin of Ritual Washings
On the Times for Prayer
On Alms
On the Centrality of Monotheism
On the Ninety-Nine Names for God
On the Power of Reading the Qur'an
On the Rich Rewards for Martyrs in Jihad
On Plunder in Jihad
On Not Killing Women and Children in Jihad
On the Steps for Jihad against Enemies
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Scriptures in Film
Companion Website
New Religious Movements
Introduction
Names
Overview of Structure
Contemporary Use
Historical Origin and Development
The Scripture of Falun Gong
The Essence of the Falun Gong Movement (Li Hongzhi, Zhuan Falun, Lecture 1, Conclusion)
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, Long 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")
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 and Physical Falls 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
Companion Website

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