Anthology of World Scriptures

ISBN-10: 0534520995
ISBN-13: 9780534520991
Edition: 5th 2006 (Revised)
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List price: $79.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 2/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Presenting scripture readings in the context of their usage within the major religious traditions themselves and taking account of recent scholarship on the role of scriptures in religion, this anthology allows students to encounter world religions in a direct and meaningful way. ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES is a collection of the most notable and instructive scriptures of the major living religions of the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Also included are the most important scriptures of the new religious movements: Baha'i, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Christian Science Church, and the Unification Church. Supported by introductions to the readings by the editor, this anthology provides the most comprehensive and pedagogically sound access to the sacred literature of the world available in a single volume. A full Wadsworth website with interactive pedagogy is available for student learning and enrichment.

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
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
World Scriptures and Modern Scholarship
Scriptures and the World Wide Web
The Plan of This Book
A Guide to Pronunciation
Suggestions on How to Read Scriptures
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Hinduism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
Teaching
Aditi and the Birth of the Gods (Rig-Veda 10.72)
The Creation Hymn (Rig-Veda 10.129)
Creation from Brahman (Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad 1.4.1-7)
The God Indra (Rig-Veda 2.12)
The God Shiva (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 3.1-13)
"That You Are" (Chandogya Upanishad 6.1-2, 9-11)
Organization
The Creation of the Caste System (Rig-Veda 10.90)
The Four Castes (Institutes of Vishnu 2.1-17)
Ethics
Sin and Forgiveness (Rig-Veda 7.86)
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)
Ritual and Meditation
The Gayatri Mantra (Rig-Veda 3.62.10)
Hymn to Agni (Rig-Veda 1.1)
The Meaning of the Agnihotra Sacrifice (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
Non-Sanskrit Sources (Two Tamil Poets)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Buddhism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
History
The Past Lives of Gotama Buddha (Jataka 190)
The Life of Gotama Buddha (Selections from the Buddhacarita)
The Death of Gotama Buddha (Mahaparinibbana Sutta 6.1-14, 31-35, 45-48)
Teaching
The Sermon on the Four Noble Truths (Dhammacakkapparattana Sutta, 1-8)
The Skandhas and the Chain of Causation (Buddhacarita 16.1, 28-50)
The Essence of Buddhism (The Heart Sutra)
A Mahayana View of the Buddha (Saddharma-pundarika Sutra 2.36; 10.1)
Ethics
Conduct of the Monk (Dhammapada 25.360-382)
Admonition to Laity (Cullavagga, Dhammikasutta 18-29)
The Wisdom of the Buddha (Dhammapada 1-20, 157-166)
Organization
Founding of the Order (Mahavagga 1.6.10, 11-16, 27-30, 32, 34, 37)
The Rules of Defeat (Patimokkha, Parajika Dhamma 1-4)
Rules Requiring Formal Meetings (Patimokkha, Samghadisesa Dhamma 1-13)
The Order of Nuns (Cullavagga 10.1.1-6)
Ritual and Meditation
The Relics of the Buddha (Mahaparinibbana Sutta 6.58-60)
Mindfulness in Meditation (Majjhima-Nikaya, Satipatthanasutta 10.1-9)
The Merit of Making Images (Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo, 16, no. 694)
Scripture to Guide the Soul After Death (Bardo Thodol 1.1-2)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Jainism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin, Development, and Use
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 28)
Organization
The Five Great Vows (Acaranga Sutra 2.15.i-v)
Ethics
Ahimsa (Sutrakritanga 1.7.1-9)
Rules for Monastic Life (Uttaradhyayana 35)
The True Monk (Uttaradhyayana 15.1-16)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Sikhism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
Teaching
Selections from the Japji (1-3, 5-6, 9-10, 12-13, 15, 17-18, 20-22, 25, 28-29, 33, 37-Epilogue)
Remembering God (Gauri Sukhmani, M. 5)
Creation of the World (Asa Ki Var, M. 1)
Dancing for Krisna (Rag Gurji, M. 3)
The Hindu Thread (Asa Ki Var, M. 1)
Ethics
Prayer for Forgiveness (Rag Bihagra, M. 5)
Against the Use of Wine (Rag Bihagra, M. 1)
Ritual
Hymn for the Installation of the Guru Granth (Rag Devgandhari, M. 5)
A Marriage Hymn (Rag Asa, M. 5)
Organization
The Guru (Rag Gauri, M. 3)
God's Power in the Sikh Community (Rag Gauri, M. 5)
Selections from the Dasam Granth
Guru Gobind Singh's Story (Vichitar Natak, 6)
God as the Holy Sword (Vichitar Natak, 1)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Confucianism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
History
The Character of Confucius (Analects 2.4; 7.1-9, 19-24; 10.1-4, 8-12)
Ethics
The Virtues of the Superior Man (Analects 1.1-4, 6-9, 14; 15.17-23)
Benevolence (Analects 4.1-6)
The Actions of Filiality (Classic of Rites, 10.1, 4, 7, 10-11, 13-15)
The Attitude of Filiality (Analects 2.5-8; 4.18-21; 13.18)
Propriety (Analects 3.3-4, 8-9, 12-15, 17-19)
The Way (Analects 16.2)
The Love of Learning (Analects 17.8-9, 12)
The Goodness of Human Nature (Mencius 6.1.1-4, 6)
The Basis of Good Government (The Great Learning 1-7; 9.1, 3-9)
The Ruler as Example to the People (Analects 2.18-20; 12.11, 17, 19; 13.5-6)
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, Shang 1; Kau 7; Minor Odes 10.1, 3, 5)
Music and Morality (Classic of Rites 17.2.10-11, 15-18, 20-21)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Taoism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin, Development, and Use
Teaching
The Nature of the Tao (Tao Te Ching, 1, 6, 25, 34; Chuang-tzu 29)
The World (Tao Te Ching 7, 42, 52)
Ethics
Non-action (Chuang-tzu, book 7)
Individual Life in Harmony with the Tao (Tao Te Ching 16, 22, 33, 44)
The Superior Man (Chuang-tzu, book 12)
Government (Tao Te Ching 3, 18, 57, 64)
On Death (Chuang-tzu, book 18)
Reward and Retribution (T'ai-Shang, book 1)
Ritual
Methods of Prolonging Life (Pao-p'u tzu 15.6b-7a; 19.6b-7a)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Shinto
Introduction
The Kojiki
The Nihongi
Selections from the Kojiki
Preface to the Kojiki
The Creation of Japan (Kojiki, Chapters 1-5, 11, 33)
Emperor Yuryaku and the Story of the Woman Akawi-ko (Kojiki 154)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Zoroastrianism
Introduction
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
History
The Call of Zarathushtra (Yasna 29)
A Hymn of Praise to Zarathushtra (Yasht 24: 87b-94)
Teaching
Hymn to Ahura and the Purifying Fire (Yasna 36)
Hymn to Ahura Mazda the Creator (Yasna 37:1-5)
The Doctrine of Dualism (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)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Judaism
Introduction
Names
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
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 as the Divine Shepherd (Psalm 23)
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)
A Light to the Nations (Isaiah 42:1-7)
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 1:1-33; 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, 14-16; 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--5:10)
The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1-5, 11-19, 29-34)
Kosher and Nonkosher Foods (Leviticus 11:1-31, 41-47)
Selections from the Mishnah and Talmud
The Sayings of the Fathers (Mishnah, Aboth 1.1-18)
The Duty to Marry and Have Children (Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth 61b-63)
Praising God in Bad Times (Babylonian Talmud, Berakoth 5)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Christianity
Introduction
Names
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
History
The Birth of Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 1:18-25)
Jesus Denounces Pharisees and Lawyers (Luke 11:37-54)
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 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 Resurrection of Christ and the Believer (I Corinthians 15:1-11, 35-58)
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 18:1-22)
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 3:27-28; I Timothy 2:8-15)
Ritual
The Eucharist (Matthew 26:17-29; John 6:22-59)
Baptism (Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 6:1-14)
Confession and Anointing (James 5:13-18)
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Islam
Introduction
Name
Overview of Structure
Origin and Development
Use
History
The Call of Muhammad (96; 53:1-18)
The Mission of Muhammad (11:1-16; 93)
Opposition to Muhammad (52:30-49; 63)
The Night Journey (17:1-2)
The Flight to Medina (9:40)
The Wives of Muhammad (33:28-40, 48-49)
The Death of Muhammad (21:34-37)
Teaching
God's Absolute Oneness (6:100-103; 112)
God's Names (59:22-24)
God's Power (24:41-46; 6:95-99)
God's Predestination (42:8-13; 7:177-182)
Jinn (72:1-15)
Creation (15:16-48; 16:1-17)
Adam, Eve, and the Fall (2:28-37)
The Holy Quran (42:50-53; 46:1-11; 2:81-85)
Abraham and Relations to Judaism (37:82-110)
Mary and Jesus, Relations to Christianity (3:38-50)
Unbelievers, Jews, and Christians (9:1-7; 2:111-121, 132-137)
Resurrection and Judgment (75:1-15; 69:14-35)
Heaven and Hell (76:1-22; 56:1-39; 77:1-39)
Ethics
The Conduct of Believers (17:23-39)
Women (4:19-22, 34-39; 2:220-223, 227-233)
Against Evil Magic (113; 114)
Holy War (48:11-21; 2:190-194, 216-218)
Law Codes (4:1-10)
Worship and Ritual
The Opening of the Quran (1)
Confession of Faith (57:1-7; 37:32-39)
Prayer (2:142-149)
Alms (107; 9:53-60)
The Fast (2:183-186)
Pilgrimage (2:124-130; 106; 2:196-199)
The Mosque (24:36-38; 9:15-18)
Selections from the Hadith
On Innovations
On Ritual Washings
On Prayer
On Alms
On God
On the Power of Reading the Quran
On Judgment
On Obeying Muhammad and the Ruler
On the Martyr in Holy War
Glossary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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