Book Reviews of The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions

The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions
The World's Wisdom Sacred Texts of the World's Religions
Author: Philip Novak
ISBN-13: 9780060663421
ISBN-10: 0060663421
Publication Date: 8/24/1995
Pages: 448
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Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a compendium of sacred texts of the religions of the world, written as a companion for Huston Smith's classic The Religions of Man. Chapters cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Primal religions (e.g., Native American, African, etc.). The intent of the book is clearly to whet the appetite of the first-year college student by offering tidbits from the New Testament, Tao Te Ching, Qur'an, Hebrew Bible, etc., in small, tasty portions, easily consumed without any need for deep reading or reflection. The narratives accompanying the texts are informative but are sometimes woven into the texts, occasionally making it difficult to tell where the narrative leaves off and the texts actually begin. There is a lack of ample citations that would allow the interested student to track down the actual location of an excerpt in the original sacred manuscript. Yet when Novak's book is used jointly with Huston's, it will serve as a good text and supplementary reader for any college introductory class in religious studies. Recommended for undergraduate libraries.