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The Torah: A Modern Commentary

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

torahBy W. Gunther Plaut

Nearly twentyfive years after the groundbreaking publication of the firstever English language liberal Torah commentary, we present The Torah: A Modern Commentary, Revised Edition. This volume features updated commentary and translations, including a gendersensitive version of the JPS translation, with largely genderneutral God language and a completely fresh translation of Genesis and of the haftarot by the late Rabbi Chaim Stern. In addition, the volume is reorganized by parashah and includes a helpful index and aliyot markers, improving upon the 1981 original. Call Number: BS1225.53 .T67 2005

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Introducing Buddha

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

buddahBy Jane Hope, Borin Van Loon, Richard Appignanesi (Editor)

Introducing Buddha describes the life and teachings of the Buddha. It also shows that enlightenment is a matter of experiencing the truth. This is achieved by individual study and by way of inspiration passed from teacher to pupil. Meditation, Karma, Zen, Tantric, Nirvana are just some of the many Buddhist ideas that have been absorbed into our Western popular idiom often inappropriately and without terms of reference. But this vast and complex non-theistic religion is woven into the fabric of Asian civilizations from India to Vietnam and China to Korea and Japan. Call Number BQ276 .H67 2005

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The Rig Veda

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

rigvedaBy Wendy Doniger (Translator), Anonymous, Ronald Wilks (Translator)

The earliest of the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, The Rig Veda (c. 1200-900 bc) is a collection of more than 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. A work of intricate beauty, it provides unique insight into early Indian mythology and culture. Fraught with paradox, the hymns are meant “to puzzle, to surprise, to trouble the mind,” writes translator Wendy Doniger, who has selected 108 hymns for this volume. Chosen for their eloquence and wisdom, they focus on the enduring themes of creation, sacrifice, death, women, and the gods. Doniger’s The Rig Veda provides a fascinating introduction to a timeless masterpiece of Hindu ritual and spirituality. Call Number BL112.54 .E5 1981

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Buddhist Scriptures

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

buddasEdited by Donald Lopez

While Buddhism has no central text comparable to the Bible or Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of the Buddha. In this rich anthology, eminent scholar Donald S. Lopez, Jr., brings together works from a broad historical and geographical range, and from such languages as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese. There are tales of the Buddha’s past lives, a discussion of qualities and qualifications for a monk, and an exploration of the many meanings of enlightenment. Together they provide a vivid picture of the Buddha and of the vast and profound nature of the Buddhist tradition. Call Number BQ1012 .B836 2004

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Introducing Islam

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

islamby Ziauddin Sardar, Zafar Abbas Malik, Zafar Aggas Malik, Richard Appignanesi (Editor)

This informative guide recounts the history of Islam from the birth of the Prophet Muhammad to its status as a global culture and political force today, explaining the message of the Qur’ran and the features of Islamis law. Call Number BP161.2 S27 2004

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New Oxford Annotated Bible-NRSV-Augmented

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

bibleBy Michael D. Coogan (Editor), Carol A. Newsom (Editor), Marc Brettler (Editor)

Countless students, professors and general readers alike have relied upon The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha for essential scholarship and guidance to the world of the Bible. Now the Augmented Third Edition adds to the established reputation of this premier academic resource. A wealth of new maps, charts, and diagrams further clarify information found in the scripture pages. In addition, section introductions have been expanded and the book introductions have been made more uniform in order to enhance their utility. Of course, the Augmented Third Edition retains the features prized by students, including single column annotations at the foot of the pages, in-text background essays, charts, and maps, a page number-keyed index of all the study materials in the volume, and Oxford’s renowned Bible maps. This timely edition maintains and extends the excellence the Annotated’s users have come to expect, bringing still more insights, information, and approaches to bear upon the understanding of the biblical text. Call Number Reference BSH1.A1 2007

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