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On Searching the Scriptures -- Your Own or Someone Else's
On Searching the Scriptures -- Your Own or Someone Else's Author:Jaroslav Pelikan A Reader's Guide to Sacred Writings and Methods of Studying Them: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism & Buddhism. — In this book (companion volume to Sacred Scriptures), Professor Pelikan explains the Title, composition and authorship, language and text, canon and authority, traditional interpretation, and his choice of t... more »ranslation for each of these sacred books. Six stimulating essays suggest ways in which both religious and nonreligious readers may explore and appreciate these sacred books.
Each sacred book can define the entire character of a people and its view of history. Each sacred book is also a prayer book, or contains a prayer book. In what they pray and in how they pray, the world religions are at one and the same time the closest together, closer than in doctrine or morality or in other ritual, but also the farthest apart. Yet as professor Pelikan says, "A modern reader who puts two or more of these sacred books side by side will repeatedly find large areas of similarity, especially in their prescriptions for the life of virtue and justice. The grounds of hope for world peace and for harmony within one neighborhood or nation lie in such similarity...."« less