November 28, 2014 · 2:55 PM
The rediscovery in the late nineteenth century of the Assyrian Empire in the north of present-day Iraq and, soon after, the rediscovery of the Sumerian civilization in the south, all began with an archaeology intending to find the civilizations mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Ethiopian Ge’ez Bible
Although archaeology has gone its own way, the science of archaeology began with biblical archaeology. The exegesis – the critical explanation or analysis – of ancient sacred texts began with the religious exegesis of scripture. Religious exegesis is the intense religious study of sacred scripture.
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Filed under Origins, Religious Literacy
Tagged as Bible, Hebrew Scriptures, religious studies, sacred scripture, sacred texts, Tanakh, upanishads, vedas, World Religions, zend-avesta
June 22, 2014 · 8:24 PM
When studying religion, either on your own or in university, it is helpful to recognize that there are, almost always, two types of literature associated with a religion, that is, if the religion has a written tradition.
detail of unnamed sacred Hindu texts from collection of prof Klaus Klostermaier
The two types of religious texts are 1) sacred scripture, and 2) non-sacred, but cherished, traditional writings and commentaries.
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Filed under Religious Literacy, Revelation, Ways to Learn the World Religions
Tagged as dhammapada, hadith, Hindu texts, Hinduism, Islam, jain scripture, Rabbinic Judaism, Religion and Spirituality, religious texts, religious writings, sacred texts, scripture, scriptures, Studying World Religions, sutra, talmud, World Religions
November 19, 2013 · 8:46 AM
Both the public inquiry into religion and the university classes devoted to an introduction to World Religions, are by now battered and obstructed by our traditionally apologetic and timid approach.
One source of this traditionally shy approach is religion’s own natural immunity to inquiry, and the over-protective public relations department found in all of our living religious traditions. Continue reading →