Rethinking Scripture: Essays from a Comparative Perspective

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Five scholars of comparative religion contribute seven essays on the role of sacred texts and believers' attitudes toward them. Among material discussed is Christian, Judaic, Buddhist, Hindi, Sikh, Muslim, and Jain. Topics include oral scripture and a comparison of rabbinic and kabbalistic traditions. Paperback edition ($14.95) unseen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887066146
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1989
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,383,993
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Rethinking Scripture
Miriam Levering

1. The Study of Religion and the Study of the Bible
Wilfred Cantwell Smith

2. Scripture as Form and Concept: Their Emergence for the Western World
Wilfred Cantwell Smith

3. Scripture and Its Reception: A Buddhist Case
Miriam Levering

4. "Scripture" in India: Towards a Typology of the Word in Hindu Life
Thomas B. Coburn

5. Scripture as Spoken Word
William A. Graham

6. The 'Canons' of 'Scripture'
Kendall W. Folkert

7. The Bride of Israel: The Ontological Status of Scripture in the Rabbinic and Kabbalistic Traditions
Barbara A. Holdrege



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