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Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian sacred works & liturgy > Sacred texts > Criticism & exegesis of sacred texts

Tantric Buddhist Practice in India - Vilasavajra's commentary on the Manjusri-namasamgiti (Hardcover): Anthony J. Tribe Tantric Buddhist Practice in India - Vilasavajra's commentary on the Manjusri-namasamgiti (Hardcover)
Anthony J. Tribe
R3,395 Discovery Miles 33 950 Out of stock

Using a commentary on the influential text, the Manjusri-namasamgiti, 'The Chanting of the Names of Manjusri', this book deals with Buddhist tantric meditation practice and its doctrinal context in early-medieval India. The commentary was written by the 8th-9th century Indian tantric scholar Vilasavajra, and the book contains a translation of the first five chapters. The translation is extensively annotated, and accompanied by introductions as well as a critical edition of the Sanskrit text based on eight Sanskrit manuscripts and two blockprint editions of the commentary's Tibetan translation. The commentary interprets its root text within an elaborate framework of tantric visualisation and meditation that is based on an expanded form of the Buddhist Yoga Tantra mandala, the Vajradhatu-mandala. At its heart is the figure of Manjusri, no longer the familiar bodhisattva of wisdom, but now the embodiment of the awakened non-dual gnosis that underlies all Buddhas as well their activity in the cosmos. The book contributes to our understanding of the history of Indian tantric Buddhism in a period of significant change and innovation. With its extensively annotated translation and lengthy introductions the book is designed to appeal not only to professional scholars and research students but also to contemporary Buddhists.

The Hadith - Articulating the Beliefs and Constructs of Classical Islam (Hardcover, New): Mustafa Shah The Hadith - Articulating the Beliefs and Constructs of Classical Islam (Hardcover, New)
Mustafa Shah
R29,268 Discovery Miles 292 680 Out of stock

The Prophetic traditions of Islam, which are commonly referred to as the hadiths (literally: reports ), preserve the sum and substance of the utterances, deeds, directives, and descriptive anecdotes connected with the life of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions. Together with the Qur an, the hadiths provide the religion of Islam with its principal scriptural sources.

The collection features an accessible and informative introduction which presents an outline of the significance of the hadiths within the religious tradition while also reviewing classical scholarship devoted to the literature of the traditions; moreover, the introduction decisively sets into context the academic debates and arguments which are fleshed out in the articles selected. It also charts developments in the academic study of hadiths, summing up the current state of the field and features a detailed bibliography listing primary classical sources germane to the field of Prophetic traditions together with recent research monographs and articles devoted to the subject.

This Major Work provides an authoritative collection of the seminal research articles produced by western academic scholarship on the subject of the hadith over the past century, including recent papers on the subject. In bringing together the finest examples of scholarship devoted to the hadith and the classical literature that surrounds it, these volumes provide an indispensable reference resource for academics, research institutions, governmental organizations, and those with a general interest in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Arabic Cultural Studies, and Middle East History.

The Qur'an - An Introduction (Paperback): Muhammad Abu-Hamdiyyah The Qur'an - An Introduction (Paperback)
Muhammad Abu-Hamdiyyah
R734 Discovery Miles 7 340 Out of stock


This new work presents a concise and accessible introduction to the Qur'an. The book examines the Qur'an from two original perspectives: first, it explores the concept of deity, including the Christian and Jewish understanding of God, and secondly it discusses the Qur'anic message from the perspective of modern knowledge. This is an ideal textbook for students with no prior knowledge of the complexities of the Qur'an's message.

Melchisedek - Formation, Histoire Et Symbolique d'Une Figure Biblique (French, Paperback): Lucien-Jean Bord Melchisedek - Formation, Histoire Et Symbolique d'Une Figure Biblique (French, Paperback)
Lucien-Jean Bord
R1,187 Discovery Miles 11 870 Out of stock
Seeking Ezekiel - Text and Psychology (Paperback): David J. Halperin Seeking Ezekiel - Text and Psychology (Paperback)
David J. Halperin
R960 Discovery Miles 9 600 Out of stock

In Seeking Ezekiel, David J. Halperin argues that the biblical Book of Ezekiel provides substantial information about its author's psychology and reveals his personality in considerable depth. Psychoanalytic investigation of the book yields a coherent portrait of its author: a marvelously gifted yet profoundly disturbed man, tormented by inner conflicts over his sexual longings and fears.

Ezekiel, Halperin argues, was dominated by a pathological dread and loathing of female sexuality. He expresses this emotional stance in the symbolic language of dreams (his vision of a temple polluted by idolatry); in a thin disguise of historical allegory (his obscenely graphic representations of Israel and Jerusalem as promiscuous wives); and in his self-described behavior at his wife's death.

Ezekiel also demonstrates a deeply ambivalent attitude toward a dominant male figure. Normally, he projects the positive elements of his ambivalence onto his God, its negative elements onto other males. Yet the reverse can also take place, and this does much to explain the disturbing cruelty and arbitrariness of Ezekiel's God.

Any psychological study of a man dead for 2500 years will run into formidable methodological difficulties. Halperin establishes the legitimacy of his approach by arguing that it permits the solution of a wide range of long-recognized textual problems.

The implications of Halperin's study extend far beyond the boundaries of Biblical scholarship. The sexual pathology that he attributes to Ezekiel has afflicted humanity for most of its history, tainting the relations of men and women the world over. Ezekiel's powerful influence on posterity has done its part in strengthening the grip of this pathology. By understanding Ezekiel, people may come to a better understanding of his sickness within themselves and thus eventually come to find healing.

Accomplishing the Accomplished - Vedas as a Source of Valid Knowledge in Sankara (Paperback): Anantanand Rambachan Accomplishing the Accomplished - Vedas as a Source of Valid Knowledge in Sankara (Paperback)
Anantanand Rambachan
R667 Discovery Miles 6 670 Out of stock

Sankara's non-dualistic system of Advaita Vedanta has long been recognized as one of the greatest philosophical achievements of the Indian tradition. At the heart of Sankara's system is the articulation of the means by which a human understanding of ultimate reality can be attained. Most scholarship has concluded that for Sankara, full knowledge of ultimate reality can be acquired only through personal experience. Through a careful analysis of the original commentaries, however, Anantanand Rambachan attempts to establish that Sankara regarded the "Vedas" as the unique and definitive source of valid knowledge of ultimate reality. All other sources of knowledge, including personal experience, are in fact to be understood as subordinate to the revelations of the "Vedas".

A Concordance to Biblical Gothic, Vols 1 and 2 - "Introduction" and "Texts and Concordance" (Paperback): Magnus Snaedal A Concordance to Biblical Gothic, Vols 1 and 2 - "Introduction" and "Texts and Concordance" (Paperback)
Magnus Snaedal
R5,070 Discovery Miles 50 700 Out of stock
Etudes sur l'oeuvre de Luc (French, Paperback): A. George Etudes sur l'oeuvre de Luc (French, Paperback)
A. George
R2,636 Discovery Miles 26 360 Out of stock
The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Robert Spencer The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Robert Spencer; Narrated by Lloyd James
R678 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R149 (22%) Out of stock

The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy.
How can one book lead to such dramatically different conclusions? "New York Times" bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals the truth in "The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran" not many Westerners know what's in the Koran because few have actually read it--even among the legions of politicians, diplomats, analysts, and editorial writers who vehemently insist that the Koran preaches tolerance.
Now Spencer unveils the mysteries lying behind this powerful book, guiding listeners through the controversies surrounding the Koran's origins and its most contentious passages. Stripping out the obsolete debates, Spencer focuses on the Koran's decrees toward Jews, Christians, and other infidels, explaining how they were viewed in Muhammad's time, what they've supposedly done wrong, and, most important, what the Koran has in store for them.

Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra (Hardcover): Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra (Hardcover)
Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
R4,596 Discovery Miles 45 960 Out of stock

Daisetz Suzuki discusses the influence of the Lankavatara Sutra in the expression of Zen ideas. He examines the legends that Bodhidharma, the supposed founder of Zen in China, took with him only the Lanka text, and that Bodhidharma was only one in a line of teachers of the Lanka Sutra in China. Suzuki explores the fundamental themes of the sutra -- the acceptance of the Void, the career of the Bodhisattva, and the unreality of perception.

Tafsir - Interpreting the Qur'an (Hardcover, New): Mustafa Shah Tafsir - Interpreting the Qur'an (Hardcover, New)
Mustafa Shah
R25,757 Discovery Miles 257 570 Out of stock

Within the classical Islamic tradition, the field of Qur'anic exegesis, more commonly referred to as tafsir, occupies a revered place among the traditional Muslim sciences. Although tafsir encompasses various approaches to the explication of the Qur'an and these include legal, theological, rhetorical, linguistic, mystical, literary, and philosophical treatments, it is the technical tools and methodologies applied in Qur'anic exegesis and the history of their development which make the discipline so unique in its Islamic context. Given the significance of tafsir within the religious tradition, western academic scholars have devoted considerable attention to the field. This interest remains vigorous today and represents one of the key areas of research in modern Islamic studies. This collection of articles on tafsir provides a definitive overview of the tradition of tafsir in its early, medieval, and modern settings. Tafsir: Interpreting the Qur'an includes works germane to the history and development of exegesis; materials which focus on the tradition's great commentators and their commentaries; articles which look at the genres, themes and contexts of the tafsir tradition; research on exegetical ideas, sources, and constructs; and, finally, articles which examine the hermeneutic tools defined by scholarship for the explication of the sacred text. It is an essential work of reference destined to be valued by scholars and students as a vital one-stop research resource.

How Master Mou Removes Our Doubts - A Reader-Response Study and Translation of the Mou-tzu Li-huo lun (Paperback, New): John P.... How Master Mou Removes Our Doubts - A Reader-Response Study and Translation of the Mou-tzu Li-huo lun (Paperback, New)
John P. Keenan
R868 Discovery Miles 8 680 Out of stock

This is the first English translation of the earliest Chinese Buddhist text, but it is more than a translation. Keenan shows that Mou-tzu's Treatise On Alleviating Doubt is a Buddhist hermeneutic on the Chinese classics.

CUSAS 02 - Sumerian Proverbs in the Schoyen Collection (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Bendt Alster CUSAS 02 - Sumerian Proverbs in the Schoyen Collection (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Bendt Alster
R1,687 Discovery Miles 16 870 Out of stock
`Artes' and Bible in the Medieval West (Hardcover, New Ed): Margaret T. Gibson `Artes' and Bible in the Medieval West (Hardcover, New Ed)
Margaret T. Gibson
R3,348 Discovery Miles 33 480 Out of stock

The articles in this volume fall into two main groups, the one dealing with secular learning and especially grammar and logic, the other with biblical scholarship, while the final articles look at the work of particular scholars. Margaret Gibson, however, would see them all as closely interrelated. Scholars in the Latin West, from the end of Antiquity right through the 12th century, were united in the belief that all knowledge, if true, was compatible and that sapientia was one and coherent. In the same way, she would hold, it is impossible to study only the 'artes' given their implication for Bible, nor only Bible, when every commentator thought within the context of the 'artes'. Les articles contenus dans ce volume se divisent en deux categories principales: la premiere traitant du savoir seculaire et, plus particulierement, de la grammaire et de la logique; la seconde s'attachant au savoir biblique avec, pour finir, un nombre d'articles examinant l'oeuvre de certains erudits. Margaret Gibson considere toutes ces etudes comme etant interdependantes. Les erudits de l'Occident latin, de la fin de l'Antiquite A celle du 12e siecle, etaient unis dans la conviction que toutes connaissances veridiques etaient compatibles entre elles et que la sapience formait un tout coherent. Par lA mAme, l'auteur maintient qu'il est impossible de s'adonner uniquement A l'etude des artes , etant donnee leur implication pour la Bible, ou mAme A l'etude de cette derniere, alors que la pensee de chacun des commentateurs etait formulee dans le contexte de artes .

The Qur'an: Basic Teachings (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): T.B. Irving, Khurshid Ahmad, M. Manazir Ahsan The Qur'an: Basic Teachings (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
T.B. Irving, Khurshid Ahmad, M. Manazir Ahsan
R427 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R79 (19%) Out of stock

An anthology of selections from the Qur'an in contemporary English on topics ranging from the story of Creation and the idea of God to politics and economics. Compiled by three scholars, including T. B. Irving, the first American to translate the Qur'an into English, with a helpful introduction, extensive glossary and an index of Qur'anic verses.

The Book of Ben Sira in Modern Research - Proceedings of the First International Ben Sira Conference, 28-31 July 1996... The Book of Ben Sira in Modern Research - Proceedings of the First International Ben Sira Conference, 28-31 July 1996 Soesterberg, Netherlands (Hardcover, Reprint 2013)
Pancratius C. Beentjes
R3,847 Discovery Miles 38 470 Out of stock

The series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) covers all areas of research into the Old Testament, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, its early and later forms in Ancient Judaism, as well as its branching into many neighboring cultures of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world.

Studies in the Cult of Yahweh - Volume 1. Studies in Historical Method, Ancient Israel, Ancient Judaism (Hardcover): Morton... Studies in the Cult of Yahweh - Volume 1. Studies in Historical Method, Ancient Israel, Ancient Judaism (Hardcover)
Morton Smith; Contributions by Shaye J. D Cohen
R5,099 Discovery Miles 50 990 Out of stock

These two volumes collect some of the most influential and important scholarly essays by the late Morton Smith (1915-1991), for many years Professor of Ancient History at Columbia University in New York City. Smith was admired and feared for his extraordinary ability to look at familiar texts in unfamiliar ways, to re-open old questions, to pose new questions, and to demolish received truths. He practiced the "hermeneutics of suspicion" to devastating effect. His answers are not always convincing but his questions cannot be ignored.
The essays of Volume I center on the Hebrew Bible ("Old Testament"), Ancient Israel and Ancient Judaism, of Volume II on the Christian Bible ("New Testament"), Early Christianity and Ancient Magic. Volume II also contains an assessment of Smith's scholarly achievement and a complete list of his publications.

Le Testament d'Abraham - Introduction, Traduction du Texte Grec et Commentaire de la Recension Grecque Longue. Suivi de la... Le Testament d'Abraham - Introduction, Traduction du Texte Grec et Commentaire de la Recension Grecque Longue. Suivi de la Traduction des Testaments d'Abraham, d'Isaac et de Jacob d'Apres les Versions Orientales (French, Hardcover)
M Delcor
R8,617 Discovery Miles 86 170 Out of stock
Nonviolence in the Mahabharata - Siva's Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra (Hardcover): Alf Hiltebeitel Nonviolence in the Mahabharata - Siva's Summa on Rishidharma and the Gleaners of Kurukshetra (Hardcover)
Alf Hiltebeitel
R3,371 Discovery Miles 33 710 Out of stock

In Indian mythological texts like the Mahabharata and Ramayana, there are recurrent tales about gleaners. The practice of "gleaning" in India had more to do with the house-less forest life than with residential village or urban life or with gathering residual post-harvest grains from cultivated fields. Gleaning can be seen a metaphor for the Mahabharata poets' art: an art that could have included their manner of gleaning what they made the leftovers (what they found useful) from many preexistent texts into Vyasa's "entire thought"-including oral texts and possibly written ones, such as philosophical debates and stories. This book explores the notion of non-violence in the epic Mahabharata. In examining gleaning as an ecological and spiritual philosophy nurtured as much by hospitality codes as by eating practices, the author analyses the merits and limitations of the 9th century Kashmiri aesthetician Anandavardhana that the dominant aesthetic sentiment or rasa of the Mahabharata is shanta (peace). Mahatma Gandhi's non-violent reading of the Mahabharata via the Bhagavad Gita are also studied. This book by one of the leaders in Mahabharata studies is of interest to scholars of South Asian Literary Studies, Religious Studies as well as Peace Studies, South Asian Anthropology and History.

The Bible Tells Me So - Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Peter Enns The Bible Tells Me So - Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Peter Enns; Narrated by Joe Barrett
R561 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R118 (21%) Out of stock
The Qur'an - A Biography (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Bruce Lawrence The Qur'an - A Biography (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Bruce Lawrence; Narrated by Michael Prichard
R569 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R118 (21%) Out of stock

Few books in history have been as important or as poorly understood as the Qur'an. Sent down in a series of revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an is the unmediated word of Allah: a ritual, political, and legal authority, an ethical and spiritual guide, and a literary masterpiece. It is revered by Muslims throughout the world, in whom it inspires devotion, passion, fear, and sometimes incomprehension.
In this book, one of the launch titles in the Atlantic Monthly Press's Books That Changed the World series, distinguished historian of religion Bruce Lawrence shows precisely how the Qur'an is Islam. He describes the origins of the faith and assesses its tremendous influence on today's societies and politics. Above all, Lawrence emphasizes that the Qur'an is a sacred book of signs that has no single message. It is a book that demands interpretation and one that can be properly understood only through its history. Lawrence's work is a beautifully written and, in these increasingly troubled times, invaluable introduction to and exploration of the core sacred text of Islam.

Marriage as a Covenant - Study of Biblical Law and Ethics Governing Marriage Developed from the Perspective of Malachi... Marriage as a Covenant - Study of Biblical Law and Ethics Governing Marriage Developed from the Perspective of Malachi (Hardcover)
G.P. Hugenberger
R6,893 Discovery Miles 68 930 Out of stock

This book focuses on the interpretation of Malachi 2:10-16, which censures the lax marital practice of its contemporaries. In particular, Hugenberger investigates Malachi's identification of marriage as a "covenant" in response to recent scholarly challenges to this identification.
Taking the issues raised by Malachi as his point of departure, Hugenberger examines the nature of covenant and oath (including "verba solemnia and oath-signs), and, in light of these findings, explores the theory of marriage implied elsewhere in the Old Testament. Included in this investigation are an analysis of the concentric literary structure of Malachi and a study of the Old Testament's ethical perspectives on divorce, polygamy, and sexual fidelity.
An extensive bibliography and indices complete the book.

Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies - Identity and The Book (Paperback, New): Timothy K Beal, David Gunn Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies - Identity and The Book (Paperback, New)
Timothy K Beal, David Gunn
R1,087 Discovery Miles 10 870 Out of stock

The Bible is often said to be one of the foundation texts of Western culture. The present volume shows that it goes far beyond being a religious text. The essays explore how religious, political and cultural identities, including ethnicity and gender, are embodied in biblical discourse. Following the authors, we read the Bible with new eyes: as a critic of gender, ideology, politics and culture. We ask ourselves new questions: about God's body, about women's role, about racial prejudices and about the politics of the written word.
Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies crosses boundaries. It questions our most fundamental assumptions about the Bible. It shows how biblical studies can benefit from the mainstream of Western intellectual discourse, throwing up entirely new questions and offering surprising answers. Accessible, engaging and moving easily between theory and the reading of specific texts, this volume is an exciting contribution to contemporary biblical and cultural studies.

Retelling the Law - Genesis, Exodus-Numbers, and Samuel-Kings as Sequential Hypertextual Reworkings of Deuteronomy (Hardcover,... Retelling the Law - Genesis, Exodus-Numbers, and Samuel-Kings as Sequential Hypertextual Reworkings of Deuteronomy (Hardcover, New edition)
Bartosz Adamczewski
R1,340 Discovery Miles 13 400 Out of stock

Using the method of critical intertextual research, this book demonstrates that Deuteronomy (written c. 500 BC) is an Israelite sequential hypertextual reworking of Ezekiel, that Genesis and Exodus-Numbers (written c. 400 BC) are Israelite sequential hypertextual reworkings of Deuteronomy, and that Samuel-Kings (written c. 300 BC) is a Judaean sequential hypertextual reworking of Deuteronomy. Consequently, the book disproves the theories of the existence of the so-called sources or traditions of the Pentateuch. The recognition of the fact that the Pentateuch is an Israelite and not a Judaean work may have great consequences for the dialogue between the monotheistic civilizations in our world and for peace initiatives in the Holy Land.

Imperialism and Biblical Prophecy - 750-500 BCE (Paperback): David Aberbach Imperialism and Biblical Prophecy - 750-500 BCE (Paperback)
David Aberbach
R1,073 Discovery Miles 10 730 Out of stock

Imperialism and Biblical Prophecy is a radically new interpretation of prophetic poetry. Using more than thirty new translations from the Hebrew Bible, it shows that this poetry is inseparable from imperialism, that each of the three major waves of biblical prophecy which have survived in the Old Testament occurred in response to simultaneous waves of imperialist conquest.

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