The Hall of Light: A Study of Early Chinese Kingship

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James Clarke & Co., Sep 1, 2002 - History - 312 pages
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This book is a close examination of Chinese traditions concerning the ancient Chinese institution known as the Ming T'ang, rendered in the title as the 'Hall of Light', and the sacrificial rituals connected with it. Soothill does not offer a mere summary of the Chinese accounts of the Ming T'ang but an interpretation of those in the light of comparative anthropology and of the history of ancient astronomy. This is the culmination of the life-long study and research on China of a leading British sinologist, The Hall of Light illuminates traditional Chinese ideas about monarchy, religion, worship, ritual, sacrifices, customs, and all aspects of early Chinese culture, which have influenced the thought and behaviour of the Chinese for well over two millennia. This is a study that will be of value to sinologues, anthropologists, and students of comparative astronomy and religion, as well as anyone with an interest in Chinese tradition and thought.
  

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Contents

THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL BACKGROUND
17
THE ROMAN PROVINCIAL SYSTEM
30
THE PHILOSOPHICAL AND RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND
61
THE SOURCES FOR OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LIFE
73
A SUMMARY OF THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST
102
ASPECTS OF THE TEACHING OF JESUS CHRIST
136
THE SOURCES AND THE CHRONOLOGY OF
169
PRIMITIVE JEWISH CHRISTIANITY
181
THE EXPANSION OF CHRISTIANITY THROUGH
192
PAULS LETTERS TO CHURCHES
215
THE GENERAL LETTERS AND THE BOOK
247
THE FORMATION OF THE CANON
273
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
295
INDEX OF PRINCIPAL NEW TESTAMENT
301
MAPS
246
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