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Four Testaments : Tao Te Ching, Analects, Dhammapada, Bhagavad Gita: Sacred Scriptures of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism - Brian Arthur Brown

Four Testaments

Tao Te Ching, Analects, Dhammapada, Bhagavad Gita: Sacred Scriptures of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism

By: Brian Arthur Brown (Editor), Francis X. Clooney (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 2nd October 2017
ISBN: 9781538109083
Number Of Pages: 496

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Four Testaments brings together four foundational texts from world religions--the Tao Te Ching, Dhammapada, Analects of Confucius, and Bhagavad Gita--inviting readers to experience them in full, to explore possible points of connection and divergence, and to better understand people who practice these traditions. Following Brian Arthur Brown's award-winning Three Testaments: Torah, Gospel, Quran, this volume of Four Testaments features essays by esteemed scholars to introduce readers to each tradition and text, as well as commentary on unexpected ways the ancient Zoroastrian tradition might connect Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism, along with the Abrahamic faiths. Four Testaments aims to foster deeper religious understanding in our interconnected and contentious world.

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Four Testaments is an excellent overview of the Eastern religious traditions and an ideal complement to Three Testaments on the Abrahamic religions. If Three Testaments is your text for an Introduction to the Scriptures of the Western Monotheisms in the autumn semester, Four Testaments should be your text for the Scriptures of the Eastern Monisms in the spring.--Jonathan Kearney, Saint Patrick's College, Dublin University

Contents

Foreword by Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Director of the Harvard Center for Study of World Religions

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Prologue: Four Fingers and a Thumb - Tao Te Ching, Analects, Dhammapada, Gita, and Avesta

Book One From the Foundations of the Earth to Our Common Spiritual Ancestors

Introduction: East and West Meeting at the Altar of Religion by Cyril Glasse

Exordium: What We Once Knew, by Karl Friedrich Geldner

Preface: Why the Z Factor Matters

1.Through the Mists of Time: Vedic and Semitic Prehistories Connecting East and West 2.A Priest Becomes a Prophet: Commissioned at the River 3.A Chance Meeting at the Crossroads of History: A Prelude to the Babylonian Interface between Proto Vedic and Proto Semitic Religions 4.The Silk Route: The Axis of the Axial Age 5.The Extant Avesta: A Few Pieces of the Jigsaw Puzzle 6.The Fraternal Twins of World Religion: Monism for Monotheists Book Two The Taoist Testament

Introduction: Magi in China and Intellectual Ferment in Eurasia at the Middle of the First Millennium BCE by Professor Victor H. Mair, Professor of Chinese, Philadelphia University

Preface: Magic and iMagination

7. Tao Te Ching: translated by Victor H. Mair Book Three The Confucian Testament

Introduction: Innovation vs. Tradition by Jacqueline Mates-Muchin, Senior Rabbi, Temple Sinai, Oakland

Preface: Fireworks East and West

8.The Analects: translated by James Legge Book Four The Buddhist Testament

Introduction: The Indian Origins of Buddhism by Professor Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Oxford

Preface: King Akbar's Perfect Religion

9.Dhammapada: translated by S. Radhakrishnan Book Five The Hindu Testament

Introduction: Reciprocal Illumination by Professor Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor in Comparative Religion, McGill University

Preface: With Notes from Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi

10.Bhagavad Gita: translated by Gandhi Book Six The Z Factor

Introduction: Eastern Influence in Western Texts by Dr. David Bruce

Preface: New Frontiers in Scriptural Studies

11.Israel in Exile: God as Israel's Only Redeemer 12.Up from the River Again, With a Promise of Paradise: Jesus as a Zoroastrian Saoshyant, the Redeemer of the World 13.Chinvat Bridge - The Final Judgement: Zoroastrian Scriptures and "Previous Revelations" Corrected in the Quran Book Seven The Dead Zee Scrolls

Introduction: Digging Through Time by Professor Richard Freund

Preface: A Model for the Twenty First Century

14.Among the Ruins: Tablets and Cylinders 15.From Aurel Stein to Mary Boyce and Beyond: Controversies in the Twentieth Century Epilogue: The Resurrection of Zoroaster: A Prophet for the Twenty First Century

Dancing on the Edge of Tombs: More Treasure Than Anyone Imagined

Appendix: Images of the Original Eastern Testaments

Preface to Images: The Edict of Cyrus and the Chinese Cuneiform Bones by E. K. Eduljee

Bibliography

Index

About the Editor

About the Contributors

ISBN: 9781538109083
ISBN-10: 1538109085
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 2nd October 2017
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.86

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