Scriptures of the World's Religions

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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 The books use recent versus outdated public-domain translations and are sensitive to competing translations (for example,uses the Jewish Publication Society's translation of the Tanakh rather than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).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070209787
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 0.82 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 9.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Fieser is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He received his B.A. from Berea College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University. He is author, co-author or editor of ten textbooks, including Philosophy: A Historical Survey with Essential Readings (9/e 2014), Scriptures of the World's Religions (5/e 2014), Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong (7/e 2012), Business Ethics and the Bottom Line (2012), A Historical Introduction to Philosophy (2003), and Moral Philosophy through the Ages (2001). He has edited and annotated the ten-volume Early Responses to Hume (2/e 2005) and the five-volume Scottish Common Sense Philosophy (2000). He is founder and general editor of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy web site (www.iep.utm.edu). His personal website can be accessed at www.utm.edu/staff/jfieser.

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Table of Contents

HINDUISM
INTRODUCTION
SELECTIONS FROM THE VEDAS
CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE (Rig Veda 10:90: Purusha-Sukta)
ORIGIN OF THE GODS (Rig Veda 10.72)
INDRA, THE PARADIGMATIC WARRIOR (Rig Veda 1.3)
PRAYER TO AGNI, THE GOD OF FIRE (Rig Veda 1.1)
BURNING DEAD BODIES (Rig Veda 10.16)
THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF DRINKING SOMA (Rig Veda 8.48)
SEX AND THE YOGIN (Rig Veda 1.179)
A CLEVER WOMAN (Rig Veda 10.159)
THE HORSE SACRIFICE (Rig Veda 1.162)
TO THE FIRE ALTAR (Shatapatha Brahmana 10.5.4.1-16)
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE WORLD? (Rig Veda 10.129)
SELECTIONS FROM VEDANTA: THE UPANISHADS AND THEIR COMMENTARIES
YAMA'S INSTRUCTIONS TO NACIKETAS (Katha Upanishad selections)
SACRIFICES CANNOT LEAD TO THE ULTIMATE GOAL (Mundaka Upanishad, Ch. 1)
INSTRUCTIONS ON RENOUNCING THE WORLD (Aruni Upanishad 1-2)
SELF-EFFORT AND LIBERATION (Viveka-chudamani, pp. 40-41)
MAYA (Viveka-chudamani, p. 49)
THAT IS YOU (Viveka-chudamani, pp. 72-74)
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