Sacred Texts of the World : The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Grant Hardy, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Series: The Great Courses: Comparative & World Religion
  • 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

With few exceptions, the world's religions are anchored in their sacred texts-core writings that express the ideals and vision of the faiths, forming a basis for belief and action. Humanity's library of sacred writings is a huge canon that includes many of the most influential books ever written. In addition to the Hebrew and Christian bibles and the Quran of Islam, major sacred writings include the Hindu Vedas, the Buddhist Sutras, Daoism's Daodejing, and the Analects of Confucius, as well as the beloved texts of religions such as Zoroastrianism and Jainism, and modern faiths such as Baha'i.
These are texts that people live by and, at times, are willing to die for.
In these 36 lectures, Professor Hardy takes you deeply into the body of sacred writings that have played a fundamental role in human culture and history. Discussing a broad range of texts, the course examines the scriptures of seven major religions, as well as nine lesser known or smaller faiths, including texts from the ancient Egyptian and Mayan societies. In addition to studying the scriptures of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic worlds, you'll discover religious texts from vastly differing cultures around the world.
These richly insightful lectures highlight a global legacy of faith, thought, and spirituality.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Great introduction to a vast subject

A great introduction to a wide range of the sacred texts of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Chinese Classics, and Islam. Some ‘smaller’ religions are also covered such as Zoroastrianism and the Mormon faith. In total there are 36 lectures and I think Dr. Grant Hardy does a good job at providing an overview of the word’s main sacred texts. I learnt more than I expected I would.
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- Sharl

read it!!

it opened my eyes to so much. I have since listening to this audio book purchased 3 of the books mentioned in it and am reading them now with knowledge, curiosity and open mind. I will not convert, but I will learn and respect more.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses