The Message and the Book: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions

by John Bowker
Other Atlantic Books, An Imprint Of Grove Atlantic Ltd.

Yale University Press | March 27, 2012 | Hardcover

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Grand in its sweep, this survey of the sacred writings of the major religions of the world offers a thoughtful introduction to the ideas and beliefs upon which great faiths are built. Under the expert guidance of John Bowker, a religious scholar and author of international stature, readers explore the key texts of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi, Confucian, Daoist, and Shinto traditions. The author discusses some 400 books, among them such well-known sacred texts as the Bible and the Quran, but also spiritual writings by theologians, philosophers, poets, and others.

Bowker provides clear and illuminating commentary on each text, describing the content and core tenets of the work and quoting pertinent passages. He also sets the writings in religious and historical contexts, showing how they have influenced—and in many cases continue to influence—artistic, musical, literary, and political traditions. The Message and the Book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the meaning and the deep significance of primary religious texts of civilizations around the globe.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.13 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300179294

ISBN - 13: 9780300179293

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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The Message and the Book: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions

The Message and the Book: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions

by John Bowker
Other Atlantic Books, An Imprint Of Grove Atlantic Ltd.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.13 in

Published: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0300179294

ISBN - 13: 9780300179293

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Grand in its sweep, this survey of the sacred writings of the major religions of the world offers a thoughtful introduction to the ideas and beliefs upon which great faiths are built. Under the expert guidance of John Bowker, a religious scholar and author of international stature, readers explore the key texts of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi, Confucian, Daoist, and Shinto traditions. The author discusses some 400 books, among them such well-known sacred texts as the Bible and the Quran, but also spiritual writings by theologians, philosophers, poets, and others.

Bowker provides clear and illuminating commentary on each text, describing the content and core tenets of the work and quoting pertinent passages. He also sets the writings in religious and historical contexts, showing how they have influenced—and in many cases continue to influence—artistic, musical, literary, and political traditions. The Message and the Book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the meaning and the deep significance of primary religious texts of civilizations around the globe.

About the Author

John Bowker is a former fellow of Corpus Christi College and Trinity College, Cambridge, and of Gresham College, London. He lives in the UK.