A History of the World's Religions

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Pearson Prentice Hall, Apr 1, 2007 - Religion - 655 pages
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"A History of the World's Religions" is widely regarded as the hallmark of scholarship, fairness, and accuracy in its field. Noss introduces you to the origins of world religions and shows you how they developed into the religions that impact the world we live in now. The depth, breadth, and clear organization of "A History of the World's Religions" provide information that is most useful for lively class discussions and in-depth assignments. NEW TO THE TWELFTH EDITION!
  • Updated coverage of Jewish scriptures in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the Pharisaic Hebrew scriptures, the Septuagint, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Samaritan Pentateuch.
  • Updated coverage of the Religious Right, the change in popes, the ongoing re-examination of human sexuality in Christian communities, and developments in global Christianity.
  • Coverage of the Shi'ite and Baath Party rift in Iraq.
  • Coverage of the religious background to conflict within Iran.
  • Additional material on the impact of the gender gap on South Asian religious communities.
  • New illustrations, including teaching pictures actually used in everyday devotional activity
CONTENT AND PEDAGOGIC FEATURES OF "A HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS"
  • Offers the most detailed treatment of world religions available in a single-volume text.
  • Demonstrates how the history of a religion influences the current religious, social, political, and ethical climate.
  • Includes primary sources and places them within a context that maximizes understanding.
  • Treats non-English terms with clarity and sensitivity.
  • Discusses the varieties of fundamentalism found in religions today and why they emerged.
  • Discusses the role of women and female divinities.
  • Includes a complete chapter on Zoroastrianism.
  • Organizes material in a way that makes information easy to locate.
  • Highlights terms and keys them to chapter-end glossaries.
  • Boxes brief quotations for added interest and easy reference.

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Contents

Religion in Prehistoric and Primal Cultures
2
Bygone Religions That Have Left Their Mark
38
Greece
45
Rome
58
Europe Beyond the Alps
66
The Passage from Ritual Sacrifice
80
Religion as the Determinant
106
A Study in Asceticism
152
Prophetic Protest and Reform
394
The Babylonian Exile
408
Glossary
414
The Religious Development of Judaism
416
New Trends of Thought in the Greek and Maccabean Periods
422
The Roman Period to 70 c e
427
The Great Dispersion
430
The Making of the Talmud
433

Moderation
164
A Study in Syncretism
240
Native Chinese Religion and Daoism
254
A Study
290
The Confucian SchoolIts Rivals and Champions
306
NeoConfucianism
319
The State Cult of Confucius
323
Religion in China in the Modern Period
325
Glossary
329
The Native Contribution to Japanese Religion
330
The Shinto Myth
333
Shinto in Medieval and More Recent Times
336
State Shinto to 1945
341
Shinto and the Warrior
347
Shrine Shinto Today
350
Domestic and Sectarian Shinto
352
Glossary
356
The Religions of the Middle East
357
A Religion Based on Ethical Dualism
358
Iranian Religion before Zoroaster
359
The Life and Teachings of Zoroaster
361
The Religion of the Later Avesta
367
The Zoroastrians of the Present Day
373
Glossary
379
From Hebrew Origins to the Exile
380
Moses and the Covenant with Yahweh about 1250 h c e
384
Yahweh and the Baals
390
The Jews in the Middle Ages
436
Judaism in the Modern World
443
Glossary
451
The Words and Work of Jesus in Apostolic Perspective
452
The World into Which Jesus Came
454
The First Phase
456
The Themes of Jesus Teaching
460
The Climactic Events
466
The Apostolic Age
470
The Early Church 50150 C e
476
Glossary
481
The Religious Development of Christianity
482
The Eastern Orthodox Churches
495
The Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages
498
The Protestant Reformation
508
The Catholic Reformation
518
Crosscurrents in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
520
Eastern Orthodoxy in the Modern World
524
Catholicism in the Modern World
526
The Religion of Submission to God
542
The ShFah Alternative and Regional
578
Further Developments
585
Issues in the Modern Period
591
Movements Toward Innovation and Syncretism
606
Suggestions for Further Reading
621
Index
633
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