Ten noted religious studies scholars examine the sacred scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Mormonism to produce an authoritative, comprehensive survey of the writings that shape the world's major religions. The Holy Book in Comparative Perspective concentrates on the origins, forms, and functions of scriptures in religious life. This volume also includes a thought-provoking chapter on the transmission of sacred traditions among nonliterate populations and a rebuttal of the widespread elevation of "primitive" traditions over literate traditions.
"A balanced call for consideration of all aspects of holy books in the academic study of religion…[An] excellent compilation of important facts and useful insights about the way scripture operates in the world's religions."—Journal of Ecumenical Studies