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

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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, Par ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Yale University Press (first published November 1st 2011)
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Dianna Caley
Feb 23, 2013 Dianna Caley rated it liked it
I was a little disappointed. I think my expectations may have been too high. It was a very thorough survey of world religions and their texts. It was just dry. There were only dry excerpts from the texts and i got no real idea of the magic or passion they inspire in people.
The other disappointment was that the southern hemisphere was entirely absent except in so far as Christianity and Islam hold sway there. Are there no great religious texts that came from south America, Africa, Australia, Poly
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