This anthology of scriptures in English translation from the world's living religions offers approximately 80 selections that vary in length from a few paragraphs to 15 pages. Sections and subsections contain brief editor's introductions which discuss the nature and scope of scripture within each religion,and the history of the scripture presented. Scriptures of The East contains sacred writings of Hinduism,Jainism,Buddhism,Sikhism,Confucianism,Taoism,and Shinto. Scriptures of The West contains Zoroastrianism,Judaism,Christianity,Islam,and the Bahai faith. The books use recent versus outdated public-domain translations and are sensitive to competing translations (for example,uses the Jewish Publication Society's translation of the Tanakh rather than translations of the Old Testament associated with Christianity).
James Fieser is an Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University’s Department of Philosophy (1983, 1986). He has published articles on the topics of the philosophy of religion, rights theory, environmental ethics, moral skepticism, David Hume, and Thomas Aquinas. He has created several World Wide Web sites in philosophy, including the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.