The Portable World Bible

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The Portable World Bible presents the fundamental tenets of the world's basic source religions. Contemporary readers are offered, in concise,  authoritative translations, the religious thought of the ages, selected, interpreted, and arranged in view of modern man's quest  for ultimate truths and values. Robert O. Ballou, the volume's editor, has omitted mere stories, history, and ceremonial detail; what remains in every case is the essence of religion, set down with a clarity and simplicity never before achieved. The Portable World Bible is an unparalleled work of poetic and ethical inspiration, a book that makes a deep appeal to the mind and spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140150056
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1977
  • Series: Viking Portable Library Series
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 433,323
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction

The Worshippers of Brahma


The Rig-Veda
Creation Diologue between Yama and Yami To Varuna To Agni, in Praise of Night and Day To Liberality

The Atharva-Veda
A Charm against Fear One Common Spirit To Heaven and Earth

The Satapatha Brahmana
The Creation of Prajapati and the Gods

The Upanishads
The Universal Self The House of Death How Many Gods?
The Light of Man My Self within the Heart The Sun Is Brahman The Education of Svetaketu The Power of God

The Bhagavad Gita
Revolt against War The Rule of Action The Rule of Wisdom The Nature of God The Lord of All The Rule of Devotion The Good Man and the Evil

The Visnu Purana
The General Duties of Man

The Garuda Purana
Of Associates Karma A Duty to Children

The Markandeya Purana
Sumati Instructs His Father The Creation of Castes

Sankaracharya s Atma Bodha
Knowledge of Spirit

The Hitopadesa

The Works of Sri Ramakrishna
Many Paths to the One God The Saints and the Saviours The Protection of God The Converted Snake The Aspects of God

The Buddha and the World He Sought to Save


Early Buddhist Books
The Foundation of the Kingdom of Righteousness The Nine Incapabilities The Aryan Eightfold Path Questions Which Tend Not to Edification Discussion of Dependent Origination On Theology The Fall and Rise of Social Behaviour A Sermon to the Monks

The Dhammapada
The Twin Verses Thought The Fool Punishment Old Age Anger Proverbs

Buddaghosha's Parables
The Story of Kisagotami

The Lotus of the True Law
The Wheel of the Law

The Diamond Sutra
The Transcendant Wisdom

Asvaghosha's Awakening of Faith
Asvaghosha's Doctrine of Suchness

The Tibetan Doctrine
Elegant Sayings of the Lamas

The Religion which might Have Been Ours


The Bundahis
The Order of Creation The Ancestry of the World The Flood

The Vendidad
The First Man The Evil Winters

The Zendavesta
The One of Whom Questions Are Asked The Fatherhood of God The Mazdayasnian Confession The Earth Reward of the Faithful Hymn to the Sun The Fravashis of the Faithful The Abodes of the Soul Of the Dog

The Pahlavi Texts
Instructions to Priests The Righteous Man The Chinvad Bridge The Nature of Heaven The Nature of Hell The Two Regions The Resurrection

The Gathas
Exhortation to the Faithful A Prayer for Guidance The Choice between Right and Wrong

The Jew and the Christian


Old Testament:
Creation The Garden of Eden The Fall of Man The Murder of Abel The Making of the Ark The Flood God s covenant with Noah The Tower of Babel God s Covenant with Abraham The Birth of Isaac Esau and Jacob The Family of Jacob Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers Joseph in Egypt Joseph s Brothers Go into Egypt Joseph and His Brothers Are Reconciled The Death of Joseph

The Beginning of Persecution The Birth of Moses The Burning Bush and the Name of God The Passover Is Instituted They Cross the Red Sea God Gives Moses the Ten Commandments Further Laws Moses Is Given the Tablets of Stone

Various Laws

The Lord s Blessing The Cloud and Fire Lead The Water of Meribah The Death of Aaron Joshua Appointed to Succeed Moses Exogamy Is Discouraged

For a Sign upon Thine Hand The Law of Release Trial and Punishment The Coming of a Prophet Foretold The Law of False Witness Of Santuary The Law of Divorce Of Master and Servant Of Individual Responsibility The Duty of an Husband's Brother The Cursed of Israel The Blessed of Israel The Death of Moses

The Book of Joshua
Joshua Instructs His People The Death of Joshua

The Book of Judges
The Anger of the Lord

The First Book of Kings
The Divided Kingdom Elijah Proves God

The Book of Job
What Is the Almighty?

The Psalms
The Godly and the Ungodly (Psalm i)
Prophecy a Son of God (Psalm ii)
When I Consider Thy Heavens (Psalm viii)
Hymn of Trust (Psalm xi)
Who Walks Uprightly (Psalm xv)
The Glory of God (Psalm xix)
A Cry of Despair (Psalm xxii)
The Shepherd s Psalm (Psalm xxiii)
The King of Glory (Psalm xxiv)
A Hymn of Faith (Psalm xxvii)
The Gentleness of God (Psalm ciii)
The Bounty of God (Psalm civ)
Whence Help Cometh (Psalm cxxi)
He Giveth His Beloved Sleep (Psalm cxxvii)
The Goodness of Unity (Psalm cxxxiii)

The Book of Proverbs
Proverbs The Unsatisfied and the Wonderful

The Vanity of Man

The Pre-Exilic Prophets
from The Book of Amos from The Book of Hosea from The Book of Micah from The Book of the First Isaiah from the Book of Jeremiah

The Book of the Second Isaiah
A Voice in the Wilderness The Omnipotence of God A Promise of Joy and Peace

New Testament:
The Gospels

THE LIFE OF CHRIST The Miraculous Conception of Jesus The Birth of Jesus The Genealogy of Jesus The Flight into Egypt The Baptism of Jesus Jesus Is Tempted by the Devil The Healer The First Disciples A Crippled Man Is Healed To Keep Holy the Sabbath What Manner of Man Is This?
The Twelve Apostles Named The Rock of the Christian Church The Loaves and Fishes The Transfiguration Suffer the Little Children Announcement of Destiny The Woman Taken in Adultery Lazarus Arises from Death Entry into Jerusalem The Price of a Saviour The Last Supper Gethsemane The Trial of Jesus Condemnation The Crucifixion Burial The Tomb Is Sealed The Resurrection The Risen Christ

SERMONS AND SAYINGS OF JESUS The Sermon on the Mount Invitation to Christ A Rebuke to Doubters Of Forms and Meanings The Price of Salvation Until Seventy Times Seven Of Marriage Of Riches The Great Commandments Jesus Rebukes the Scribes and Pharisees Second Coming The Birth of the Spirit The Bread of Life The True Vine Of the Sower, the Trees, and the Mustard Seed Of the Good Samaritan Of One That Layeth up Treasure Of the Two Men Who Prayed

The Acts of the Apostles
The Founding of the Christian Church Saul s Convenion Peter's Vision of the Gentiles Paul and Barnabas Turn to the Gentiles

The Epistles
To the Jew and also to the Gentile Paul Instructs the Christian Church Walk in the Spirit One Lord Hold Fast that which Is Good The Power of Faith The Insufficiency of Faith Alone Love Not the World

"There Is No God but Allah"


The Koran
Clots of Blood The Enwrapped The Most High Those Who Stint The Mountain The Poets God Has No Son The Spider Relation to Jews and Christians Moral and Ritual Prescriptions The Holy War Other Prophets The Table

The Masnavi
A Certain Person in the Time of 'Umar May God Be Pleased with Him! Imagines He Sees the New Moon A Governor Orders a Man to Dig up from the Road a Bramble-Bush which He Has Planted The Being of Man Is Like a Forest
"Paradise Is Surrounded by Things Unpleasant to Us; the Fires Are Surrounded by Our Carnal Desires"
John the Baptist on Him Be Peace in His Mother's Womb Inclines in Worship Before Jesus on Him Be Peace!
The Contention as to Grapes of Four Persons, Each of Whom Knows Grapes by a Different Name

The Forty-Two Traditions of An-Nawawi

Master Kung


The Li Ki
The Nature of the Universe and Man The Feelings of Men The Functions of the Ruler

The Shih King
The Song of How-tsieh Plea to an Ancestor How Vast Is God!
In Praise of Ancestors On Letting Alone Admonition

The Analects of Confucius

The Great Learning
The Root of Everything

The Doctrine of the Steadfast Mean
The Middle Way

The Works of Mencius
The Function of Government Division of Labour The Flood The Root of the State The Man with the Heart of a Child Of Friendships and Gifts Man s Nature Is Good Convention and Emergency All Things Are Complete in Us

The Book of Filial Piety
The Three Powers The Question of Remonstrance

The Way


The Tao-Te King
The Mother of All Things Government by Non-Action The Highest Goodness Letting Alone Favour and Disgrace The Perfect Man of Tao Do Away with Learning What Difference between Yea and Nay?
Be Humble The Eternal Tao He Who Assists with Tao He Who Knows Others The Nameless Simplicity Without Going out of the Door The Sage Has No Self The Great Way Blunt all that Is Sharp Three Treasures The Best Soldier The Strength of Weakness Return Love for Hatred

The Works of Chuang Tze
All Things Are One No Absolute The Dream and the Dreamer The Nature of God The Degradation of Horses and Man On Letting Alone The Tao of God The Circling Sky Confucius and Lao Tze Conceit The Choice of Chuang Tze The Death of Chuang Tze s Wife The Wisdom of the Skull The Secret of Life Confucius at the Cataract The Impossibility of Possessing All Things after Their Kinds Where Tao Is The Wise Tender of Horses Chuang Tze on Death The Way to Tao

Glossary Index

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