The Resource The lost art of scripture : rescuing the sacred texts, Karen Armstrong

The lost art of scripture : rescuing the sacred texts, Karen Armstrong

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The lost art of scripture : rescuing the sacred texts
Title
The lost art of scripture
Title remainder
rescuing the sacred texts
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Karen Armstrong
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Art of scripture
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rescuing the sacred texts
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eng
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New York Times Notable Book, 2019
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Religious historian Armstrong (A History of God) examines the world’s major religions to make her case that modern humanity has lost track of what scripture meant in the past and, in the process, departed from the compassionate heart of those faiths in her most profound, important book to date. She notes that scriptural narratives had never claimed to be accurate factual accounts; therefore, dismissing them as having no value because they don’t conform to “modern scientific and historical norms” is a mistake. Armstrong traces the development of scriptural canons in India and China, as well as in the monotheistic faith traditions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, and how religions grappled with social inequity, which she views as inevitable in preindustrial economies—and inexcusable now. Along the way, she shows how “in all cultures, scripture was essentially a work in progress, constantly changing to meet new conditions,” a rebuttal to contemporary rigid literalist readings. Both nonbelievers and believers will find her diagnosis—that most people now read scripture to confirm their own views, rather than to achieve transformation—on the mark. “It is essential for human survival that we find a way to rediscover the sacrality of each human being and resacralise our world.” This is an instant classic of accessible and relevant religious history. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed 08/26/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 34, p)
  • Highly regarded and sometimes embattled for her studies on religion (e.g., The Case for God), Armstrong examines the meaning of sacred texts in a world where the Quran has been used to justify terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality. She argues that narrow reading of sacred texts to bolster certain beliefs is a recent phenomenon missing what the texts were meant for: a way to connect with the divine. With a 75,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 06/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 5, p80)
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1944-
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Armstrong, Karen
Dewey number
208/.2
Index
index present
LC call number
BL71
LC item number
.A76 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Sacred books
  • Religion and culture
  • Religions
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rescuing the sacred texts
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The lost art of scripture : rescuing the sacred texts, Karen Armstrong
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 553-578) and index
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Contents
Israel : remembering in order to belong -- India : sound and silence -- China : the primacy of ritual -- New story; new self -- Empathy -- Unknowing -- Canon -- Midrash -- Embodiment -- Recitation and Intentio -- Ineffability -- Sola Scriptura -- Sola Ratio
Control code
2019009391
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
605 pages
Isbn
9780451494863
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2019009391
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1103923895
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The lost art of scripture : rescuing the sacred texts, Karen Armstrong
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 553-578) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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text
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Contents
Israel : remembering in order to belong -- India : sound and silence -- China : the primacy of ritual -- New story; new self -- Empathy -- Unknowing -- Canon -- Midrash -- Embodiment -- Recitation and Intentio -- Ineffability -- Sola Scriptura -- Sola Ratio
Control code
2019009391
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
605 pages
Isbn
9780451494863
Lccn
2019009391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1103923895

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