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

The New Testament and the People of God (Paperback, 1st North American ed): N. T Wright The New Testament and the People of God (Paperback, 1st North American ed)
N. T Wright
R1,066 R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Save R241 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this volume Wright trains a penetrating historical and theological spotlight on first-century Palestinian Judaism. By describing the history, social make-up, worldview, beliefs, and hope of Palestinian Judaism, Wright familiarizes the reader with the 'world of Judaism' as situated within the world of Greco-Roman culture.

John 14-17 - 30-Day Devotional (Paperback): Simon Manchester John 14-17 - 30-Day Devotional (Paperback)
Simon Manchester; As told to Elizabeth McQuoid
R144 R121 Discovery Miles 1 210 Save R23 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Troubled. Confused. Uncertain. After 3 years with Jesus, there was so much the disciples didn't understand. They were still reeling from the news that someone in their inner circle would betray the Lord. Worse still was Jesus's prediction that their fiery and courageous friend Peter would deny him, and that his death was imminent. It seemed unthinkable. What would Jesus say to them? What comfort could he possibly offer? Reclining around the meal table, Jesus answered questions, taught and prayed for his disciples. In this final tutorial, he wanted to remind them of his love and faithfulness. Regardless of what was to come, he was in complete control, and events would unfold according to his sovereign plan.

Trial and Tribulation in the Qur'an (Hardcover): Nasrin Rouzati Trial and Tribulation in the Qur'an (Hardcover)
Nasrin Rouzati
R2,034 Discovery Miles 20 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Bible in Byzantium - Appropriation, Adaptation, Interpretation (Hardcover): Ernst Gamillscheg, Klimmeck Karl, Johannes... The Bible in Byzantium - Appropriation, Adaptation, Interpretation (Hardcover)
Ernst Gamillscheg, Klimmeck Karl, Johannes Koder, Andreas Kulzer, Claudia Rapp; Edited by …
R2,006 R1,789 Discovery Miles 17 890 Save R217 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Handbook for Hajj and Umrah (Paperback): Sarwar Raz Alam Handbook for Hajj and Umrah (Paperback)
Sarwar Raz Alam
R333 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R75 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book aims to help prepare travellers for both their trip to Saudi Arabia and the sacred Pilgrimage itself. The rites of Hajj and Umrah are clearly explained, and relevant prayers and supplications are provided in both Arabic and English. A final chapter is provided detailing a visit to Madinah.

How To Read The Qur'an (Paperback): Mona Siddiqui How To Read The Qur'an (Paperback)
Mona Siddiqui
R219 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R38 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Qur'an is regarded by Muslims as the direct word of God, timeless and unchanged. It is used not only for prayer and worship but as a path which can lead the believer to a closer understanding of the essence of their relationship with God. In this thought-provoking, considered study of the scripture of Islam, Mona Siddiqui explores the 'big themes' of prophecy, law, sin and salvation from her dual position as a believer and a scholar.

The Wisdom of the Zohar - An Anthology of Texts (Paperback, New edition): Isaiah Tishby The Wisdom of the Zohar - An Anthology of Texts (Paperback, New edition)
Isaiah Tishby; Translated by David Goldstein 1
R2,104 Discovery Miles 21 040 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Zohar is the fundamental work of Jewish mysticism. Isaiah Tishby's classic and definitive Wisdom of the Zohar makes the world of the Zohar available to the English-speaking reader in all its complexity and poetry. The extended extracts are arranged by topic, each section being prefaced by introductory explanations and accompanied by copious notes. There is also a General Introduction on the complex symbolism of the Zohar and on its historical and literary background. The scholarly value of David Goldstein's acclaimed translation is enhanced by an index expanded to include references to passages cited in the introduction and notes, and by the addition of a subject index and an index of biblical references. Isaiah Tishby was awarded the Bialik Prize 1972, the Israel Prize 1979, and the Rothschild Prize 1982, mainly for his work on The Wisdom of the Zohar. David Goldstein was awarded the Webber Prize 1987 for this translation.

Hadith - Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Paperback, 2nd edition): Jonathan A.C. Brown Hadith - Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Jonathan A.C. Brown 2
R693 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R153 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Contrary to popular opinion, the bulk of Islamic law does not come from the Qur'an but rather from hadith, first-hand reports of the prophet Muhammad's words and deeds, passed from generation to generation. However, with varying accounts often only committed to paper a century after the death of Muhammad, Islamic scholars, past and present, have been faced with complex questions of historical authenticity. Informative and accessible, this wide-ranging introduction provides a detailed exploration of the collection and criticism of hadith and examines the controversy surrounding its role in modern Islam. Complete with a glossary, extensive bibliography, and helpful diagrams, this work is perfectly suited to students, scholars, and the general reader interested in this critical element of Islam.

The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (Paperback): Robert Spencer The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (Paperback)
Robert Spencer
R478 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran exposes how the Koran incites hatred and violence and is anti-democratic, anti-freedom, and intolerant of any other ideology. Stripping out the obsolete debate, The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran focuses on the decrees toward Jews and Christians, how they were viewed by Muhammad, what "the infidels" have done wrong and what the Koran has in store for them. The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran is the essential primer to comprehending one of the most cryptic and misunderstood religious texts. Robert Spencer sheds light on the violence inherent in the Koran and reveals the frightening implications for the War on Terror, the U.S. and the world. In The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran you will learn: The true meaning of celebrated and seemingly benign verses, such as "Strive in the way of Allah" and "Persecution is worse than slaughter" How the Koran sanctions domestic abuse, honor killing, and murder How the Koran not only discourages Infidels from reading it, but mandates that they don't even touch it Why Obama, Clinton, and others are dangerously close to supporting a multiculturalism based on an ideology that aims to destroy the principles America holds dear

The Book of Exposition - The Secrets of Oriental Sexuology (Paperback, New edition): Jalal Addin Al-Siyuti The Book of Exposition - The Secrets of Oriental Sexuology (Paperback, New edition)
Jalal Addin Al-Siyuti
R236 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R41 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Secrets of oriental sexuology are recorded in the book and one can not fail to be intrigued by a number of headings throughout the volume with titles such as "The Lady and the Barber", "The Bath-Keeper Who Lent His Wife", "Passion Gone Mad", "Forth-Eight Erotic Postures"...The writing of this treatise is a credit to Jalal Addin Al-Siyuti and the book was translated from the Arabic at the beginning of the century by an English Bohemian. It was originally published in France as a limited edition of only 300 copies. An imaginative translation has been accomplished in a fascinating style which will attract many new readers. Some interesting poems are contained in the book and the introductory lines of just one entitled "The Squire" written by the Earl of Harrington are quoted. "Last night, when to your bed I came, You were a novice at the game, I've taught you now a little skill But I have more to teach you still,...(page 152)

The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East (Hardcover, New edition): Vahan Hovhanessian The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East (Hardcover, New edition)
Vahan Hovhanessian
R1,430 R1,102 Discovery Miles 11 020 Save R328 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East features essays reflecting the latest scholarly research in the field of the canon of the Bible and related apocryphal books, with special attention given to the early Christian literature of Eastern churches. These essays study and examine issues and concepts related to the biblical canon as well as non-canonical books that circulated in the early centuries of Christianity among Christian and non-Christian communities, claiming to be authored by biblical characters, such as the prophets and kings of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament.

Islam and its Past - Jahiliyya, Late Antiquity, and the Qur'an (Hardcover): Carol Bakhos, Michael Cook Islam and its Past - Jahiliyya, Late Antiquity, and the Qur'an (Hardcover)
Carol Bakhos, Michael Cook
R1,813 Discovery Miles 18 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Islam and its Past: Jahiliyya, Late Antiquity, and the Qur'an brings together scholars from various disciplines and fields to consider Islamic revelation, with particular focus on the Qur'an. The collection provides a wide-ranging survey of the development and current state of Qur'anic studies in the Western academy. It shows how interest in the field has recently grown, how the ways in which it is cultivated have changed, how it has ramified, and how difficult it now is for any one scholar to keep abreast of it. Chapters explore the milieu in which the Meccan component of the Qur'an made its appearance. The general question is what we can say about that milieu by combining a careful reading of the relevant parts of the Qur'an with what we know about the religious trends of Late Antiquity in Arabia and elsewhere. More specifically, the issue is what we can learn in this way about the manner in which the 'polytheists' of the Qur'an related to the Jewish and Christian traditions: were they Godfearers in the sense familiar from the study of ancient Judaism? It looks at the Qur'an as a text of Late Antiquity-not just considering those features of it that could be seen as normal in that context, but also identifying what is innovative about it against the Late Antique background. Here the focus is on the 'believers' rather than the 'polytheists'. The volume also engages in different ways with notions of monotheism in pre-Islamic Arabia. This collection provides a broad survey of what has been happening in the field and concrete illustrations of some of the more innovative lines of research that have recently been pursued.

Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume VII. Qumran Grotte 4: III (Hardcover): Maurice Baillet Discoveries in the Judaean Desert: Volume VII. Qumran Grotte 4: III (Hardcover)
Maurice Baillet
R8,651 Discovery Miles 86 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
On the Bible - Eighteen Studies (Paperback, New edition): Martin Buber On the Bible - Eighteen Studies (Paperback, New edition)
Martin Buber; Volume editing by Nahum N. Glatzer; Introduction by Harold Bloom
R609 Discovery Miles 6 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On the Bible acquaints the reader with Martin Buber's works on Scripture and with his endeavor to elucidate the meanings of biblical ideas in ages past and in our own time.

The Curse of Cain - Violent Legacy of Monotheism (Paperback, New edition): Regina M. Schwartz The Curse of Cain - Violent Legacy of Monotheism (Paperback, New edition)
Regina M. Schwartz
R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A murderer, an outcast, a man cursed by God and exiled from his people - Cain, the biblical killer of Abel, is a figure of utter disdain. But that disdain is curiously in evidence well before his brother's death, as God inexplicably refuses Cain's sacrifice while accepting Abel's. Cain kills in a rage of exclusion, yet it is God himself who has set the brothers apart. For Regina Schwartz, we ignore the dark side of the Bible to our peril. The perplexing story of Cain and Abel is emblematic of the tenacious influence of the Bible on secular notions of identity - notions that are all too often violently exclusionary, negatively defining "us" against "them" in ethnic, religious, racial, gender, and nationalistic terms. In this compelling work of cultural and biblical criticism, Schwartz contends that it is the very concept of monotheism and its jealous demand for exclusive allegiance - to one God, one Land, one Nation or one People - that informs the model of collective identity forged in violence, against the other. The Hebrew Bible is filled with narratives of division and exclusion, scarcity and competition, that erupt in violence. Once these narratives were appropriated and disseminated by western religious traditions, they came to pervade deep cultural assumptions about how collectives are imagined - with collective hatred, with collective degradation, and with collective abuse. Recovering the Bible's often misguided role as a handbook for politics and social thought, Schwartz demonstrates just how dangerous it can be.

The Universal Spirit of Islam - From The Koran and Hadith (Paperback): Michael Oren Fitzgerald, Judith Fitzgerald The Universal Spirit of Islam - From The Koran and Hadith (Paperback)
Michael Oren Fitzgerald, Judith Fitzgerald; Edited by Judith Fitzgerald, Michael Oren Fitzgerald
R338 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R50 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This small, beautifully illustrated book demonstrates through quotations from the oldest Islamic sources that Islam respects the prophets and accepts the truthfulness of other religious traditions.

Sufi Metaphysics and Qur'anic Prophets - Ibn Arabi's Thought and Method in the Fusus al-Hikam (Paperback): Ronald L.... Sufi Metaphysics and Qur'anic Prophets - Ibn Arabi's Thought and Method in the Fusus al-Hikam (Paperback)
Ronald L. Nettler
R557 R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The 'Fusus al-Hikam' is acknowledged to be a summary statement of the sufi metaphysics of the 'Greatest Master', Ibn 'Arabi (d.1240). It is also recognised that the 'Fusus' is a work of great complexity both in its ideas and its style; and, over the centuries, numerous commentaries have been written on it. Each of the chapters of the 'Fusus' is dedicated to a Qur'anic prophet with whom a particular 'wisdom' is associated. In 'Sufi Metaphysics and Qur'anic Prophets: Ibn 'Arabi's Thought and Method in the "Fusus al-Hikam"', Ronald Nettler examines ten chapters from the 'Fusus' which exemplify the ideas, method and perspective of the entire work. Concentrating on a detailed analysis of the text, the author brings out the profound connection and integration of scripture and metaphysics in the world-view of Ibn 'Arabi. 'Sufi Metaphysics and Qur'anic Prophets' serves not only as an explication of Ibn 'Arabi's thought in the 'Fusus', but is also a great aid in the overall understanding of Ibn 'Arabi's thought.

Deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Jonathan G. Campbell Deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Jonathan G. Campbell
R945 R877 Discovery Miles 8 770 Save R68 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Between 1947 and 1956, nearly 900 ancient Jewish manuscripts were found in remote caves near Khirbet Qumran on the edge of the Dead Sea. This authoritative and accessible book explains the nature and significance of these amazing manuscripts and the dramatic impact they have had on our understanding of religion in ancient Palestine. Cutting through scholarly controversies and conspiracy theories, it demonstrates how the Dead Sea Scrolls have transformed our comprehension of the Bible, Judaism in the time of Jesus, and the rise of Christianity.

In the second edition the main text, footnotes and bibliographies have all been thoroughly updated, and a new chapter added that expands the material on the identity of the community behind the scrolls and provides a helpful survey of the manuscripts. The book is an ideal introduction for anyone interested in either the Scrolls themselves, Jewish history and religion in the Second Temple period or the early Christian movement.

The Other Ramayana Women - Regional Rejection and Response (Hardcover): John Brockington, Mary Brockington The Other Ramayana Women - Regional Rejection and Response (Hardcover)
John Brockington, Mary Brockington
R3,207 Discovery Miles 32 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is the first to present current scholarship on gender and in regional and sectarian versions of the Ramayana. Contributors explore in what ways the versions relate to other Ramayana texts as they deal with the female persona and the cultural values implicit in them. Using a wide variety of approaches, both analytical and descriptive, the authors discover common ground between narrative variants even as their diversity is recognized. It offers an analysis in the shaping of the heterogeneous Rama tradition through time as it can be viewed from the perspective of narrating women's lives. Through the analysis of the representation and treatment of female characters, narrative inventions, structural design, textual variants, and the idiom of composition and technique in art and sculpture are revealed and it is shown what and in which way these alternative versions are unique. A sophisticated exploration of the Ramayana, this book is of great interest to academics in the fields of South Asian Studies, Asian Religion, Asian Gender and Cultural Studies.

Preaching to Be Heard - Delivering Sermons That Command Attention (Paperback): Lucas O'Neill Preaching to Be Heard - Delivering Sermons That Command Attention (Paperback)
Lucas O'Neill
R331 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R21 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative - A Study in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Hermeneutics (Paperback, New Ed): Hans W. Frei The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative - A Study in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Hermeneutics (Paperback, New Ed)
Hans W. Frei
R721 Discovery Miles 7 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Laced with brilliant insights, broad in its view of the interaction of culture and theology, this book gives new resonance to old and important questions about the meaning of the Bible.

Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine - The Ten Mahavidyas (Paperback, New): David R. Kinsley Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine - The Ten Mahavidyas (Paperback, New)
David R. Kinsley
R750 R592 Discovery Miles 5 920 Save R158 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Hindu pantheon is rich in images of the divine feminine - deities representing a wide range of symbolic, social, and meditative meanings. David Kinsley's new book documents a highly unusual group of ten Hindu tantric goddesses, the Mahavidyas, many of whom are strongly associated with sexuality and violence. What is one to make of a goddess who cuts her own head off, or one who prefers sex with a corpse? The Mahavidyas embody habits, attributes, or identities usually considered repulsive or socially subversive and can be viewed as 'antimodels' for women. Yet it is within the context of tantric worship that devotees seek to identify themselves with these forbidding goddesses. The Mahavidyas seem to function as 'awakeners' - symbols which help to project one's consciousness beyond the socially acceptable or predictable. Drawing on a broad range of Sanskrit and vernacular texts as well as extensive research in India, including written and oral interpretations of contemporary Hindu practitioners, Kinsley describes the unusual qualities of each of the Mahavidyas and traces the parallels between their underlying themes. Especially valuable are the many rare and fascinating images he presents - each important to grasping the significance of the goddesses. Written in an accessible, engaging style, Kinsley's book provides a comprehensive understanding of the Mahavidyas and is also an overview of Hindu tantric practice.

Charging Steeds or Maidens Performing Good Deeds - In Search of the Original Qur'an (Hardcover): Munther Younes Charging Steeds or Maidens Performing Good Deeds - In Search of the Original Qur'an (Hardcover)
Munther Younes
R3,242 Discovery Miles 32 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Charging Steeds or Maidens Performing Good Deeds: In Search of the Original Qur'a n brings an important contribution to understanding the development of the Qur'a nic corpus. Through a selection of meaningful case studies, the author convincingly argues for a different interpretative approach to the Qur'a nic text. Taking as a starting point the consonantal skeleton of the holy text, known as the 'Uthma nic rasm, and offering a critical reading of the Muslim interpretive tradition, such an approach produces a clearer understanding of parts of the Qur'a n which have defied Muslim and non-Muslim scholars since the early days of Islam.

Bitten by the Black Snake - The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra (Paperback): Manuel Schoch Bitten by the Black Snake - The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra (Paperback)
Manuel Schoch
R408 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R102 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Ashtavakra Gita is a very ancient Sanskrit text, probably dating back to the classic Vedanta period. It was appreciated and quoted by Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi, and Radhakrishnan, as it presents the traditional teachings of Advaita Vedanta with a clarity and power very rarely matched. It has been called 'a quantum leap into the absolute'. Its message is that there is neither existence nor non existence, right nor wrong, moral nor immoral. In the view of the sage Ashtavakra, the apparent author of this text, one's true identity can be found by simply recogniSing oneself as pure existence, or the awareness of all things. The text is the response to a question posed by King Janaka to Sage Ashtavakra: "Tell me, O Lord, how can true knowledge be acquired, renunciation made possible and liberation attained?" Ashtavakra's answer is a sincere and unhesitating statement of the ultimate truth. It is said that Janaka posed his question to Ashtavakra while placing one foot in the saddle to mount his horse. Ashtavakra told him that by following his instructions, Janaka could attain liberation by the time he sat astride the horse. With Ashtavakra's forceful, direct instructions Janaka is emancipated instantaneously. In this edition, the text is expounded on by Swiss mystic and therapist, Manuel Schoch.

Traditions of the Bible - A Guide to the Bible As It Was at the Start of the Common Era (Hardcover): James L Kugel Traditions of the Bible - A Guide to the Bible As It Was at the Start of the Common Era (Hardcover)
James L Kugel
R3,183 R2,610 Discovery Miles 26 100 Save R573 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

James Kugel's "The Bible As It Was" (1997) has been welcomed with universal praise. Here now is the full scholarly edition of this wonderfully rich and illuminating work, expanding the author's findings into an incomparable reference work.

Focusing on two dozen core stories in the Pentateuch--from the Creation and Tree of Knowledge through the Exodus from Egypt and journey to the Promised Land--James Kugel shows us how the earliest interpreters of the scriptures radically transformed the Bible and made it into the book that has come down to us today. Kugel explains how and why the writers of this formative age of interpretation--roughly 200 B.C.E. to 150 C.E.--assumed such a significant role. Mining their writings--including the Dead Sea Scrolls, works of Philo and Josephus and letters of the Apostle Paul, and writings of the Apostolic Fathers and the rabbinic Sages--he quotes for us the seminal passages that uncover this crucial interpretive process.

For this full-scale reference work Kugel has added a substantial treasury of sources and passages for each of the 24 Bible stories. It will serve as a unique guide and sourcebook for biblical interpretation.

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