What Is Scripture? A Comparative Approach

ISBN-10: 0800626087
ISBN-13: 9780800626082
Edition: N/A
Authors: Wilfred C. Smith
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Description: W.C. Smith's vastly erudite work asks how it is that certain texts have so seeped in to human life-in a rich, complex, and powerful way-as to be deemed sacred. Examining the history and use of scripture in the world's major religious traditions, he  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 7/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

W.C. Smith's vastly erudite work asks how it is that certain texts have so seeped in to human life-in a rich, complex, and powerful way-as to be deemed sacred. Examining the history and use of scripture in the world's major religious traditions, he shows how and why scripture continues to carry momentous and at time appalling power in human affairs.

Preface
Introduction: Presenting the Issues
A Particular Example, to Illustrate
Scripture as Form and Concept; Historical Background
The True Meaning of Scripture: the Quran as an Example
The Bible in Jewish Life?
The Hindu Instance
The Buddhist Instance
The Classics: Chinese and Western
Brief Further Considerations
Conclusion: Scripture and the Human Condition
Notes
Acknowledgements
Index

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