The "I Ching": A Biogr...
Richard J. Smith
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The "I Ching": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  5 reviews
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 25th 2012 by Princeton University Press (first published March 5th 2012)
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This book is part of a series exploring the origins, influences, and changing interpretations of Great Religious Books. The I Ching is, as the author states, more philosophical than strictly religious; yet, its spiritual influences are vast and continuous, on a parallel with works such as the Bible and the Koran.

About half of the text is pretty scholarly. I skimmed those parts, but managed to learn a lot about not only Chinese history, but the hold its classical Confucian thought and culture has...more
Margaret Sankey
Part of an excellent short series on the histories of major religious texts, Smith investigates the creation and two thousand year cultural effect of the I Ching, including the many times it has influenced Chinese history, the larger cultural, aesthetic and political region of East Asia and its second life as a Western Counter-Cultural document.
Craig Werner
Despite its title and place in a series of short books introducing religious classics, this book is best suited for readers already familiar with the I Ching, or as he transcribes it in the text but not title Yijing. Smith provides lucid overviews of the difference between the most influential Chinese schools of interpretation (focusing on "images and numbers" on the one hand, "principles and meanings" on the other) and traces the book's spread from China through East Asia (Japan, Vietnam, Korea...more
Nicholas Hudson
The three stars are due not to his writing or scholarship, which is excellent, but simply because while the book is a wonderful introduction to the Yijing and the various uses and interpretations it has had and still does have, it is nonetheless still an introduction.
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