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6. The Koran as codex

6. The Koran as codex  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0006
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There are many ways to present a text. This is influenced by culture and materials. ‘The Koran as codex’ examines how the Koran was first assembled and how it is presented today. The leaves ... More
11. “Let us now Praise Famous Men”—and Women

11. “Let us now Praise Famous Men”—and Women  

Michael Coogan

in The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365531
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10.1093/actrade/9780195305050.003.0011
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‘“Let us now praise famous men” — and women’ examines three characters — Abraham, Deborah, and David — from the lengthy poetic summary of major and minor characters of biblical literature ... More
14. Conclusion

14. Conclusion  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0014
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A scripture, or classic, acts as two things: a product of its own time and an authority in our time. The Conclusion asks: how well is the Koran equipped to be both of these things today? ... More
6. The Bible in the Post-Colonial World

6. The Bible in the Post-Colonial World  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0006
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The areas of greatest growth for Christianity today are in Africa and Asia. ‘The Bible in the Post-Colonial World‘ examines how the Bible is playing an important part in the growth of ... More
8. The Koran as worship

8. The Koran as worship  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0008
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The Koran plays a significant role in Muslim worship. The Muslim worshipper does not read the Koran, it is recited. ‘The Koran as worship’ looks at the place the Koran plays in Muslim life. ... More
7. The Koran as text

7. The Koran as text  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0007
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The attitude of a culture towards faithful transmission need not be either uniform or constant. ‘The Koran as text’ considers how the Koran has been recorded and preserved. Muslims in the ... More
9. ‘Eternal law’, changing times

9. ‘Eternal law’, changing times  

Norman Solomon

in Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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9780191780035
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10.1093/actrade/9780199687350.003.0010
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‘“Eternal law”, changing times’ takes a look at how poskim (rabbis who decide the law) have drawn on traditional sources to deal with contemporary issues such as abortion, artificial ... More
1. Origins of the Goths

1. Origins of the Goths  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777905
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0001
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‘Origins of the Goths’ charts the history of the Goths. There have been many theories on the development of the Gothic race, their influence in history, and their religious beliefs. The ... More
4. The revenge of the dead

4. The revenge of the dead  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777905
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0004
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The Reformation divested the church of its pageantry, ritual, customs, and lore. The ensuing religious turmoil had a profound influence on the literature of the period. ‘The revenge of the ... More
1. What is the Old Testament?

1. What is the Old Testament?  

Michael Coogan

in The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365531
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10.1093/actrade/9780195305050.003.0001
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‘What is the Old Testament?’ explains that whilst the word Bible originally meant “book,” the Old Testament is not one book but many, an anthology of ancient Israelite and early Jewish ... More
The Hebrew Bible as LiteratureA Very Short Introduction

The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Tod Linafelt

Print Publication Year: 
May 2016
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May 2016
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9780190262679
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195300079.001.0001
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9780195300079
The Hebrew Bible, or Christian Old Testament, can be celebrated as among the classics of world literature. The stories of Jacob and David present the earliest surviving examples of literary ... More
5. Connections between texts

5. Connections between texts  

Tod Linafelt

in The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2016
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May 2016
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9780190262679
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10.1093/actrade/9780195300079.003.0006
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No literary work exists in a vacuum, but rather grows out of and draws on earlier works. Sometimes the relationship to those earlier works is obvious and intentional, sometimes it is less ... More
4. The interpretation of the Koran

4. The interpretation of the Koran  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0004
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A culture can do a variety of things with a classic or sacred text. One of those things is to provide commentaries. ‘The interpretation of the Koran’ looks at the different ways that the ... More
10. The Koran as an object of dogma

10. The Koran as an object of dogma  

Michael Cook

in The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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9780191776311
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853448.003.0010
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The tug-of-war between the two antithetical tendencies of imagining God in terms intelligible to humans and imagining him in sublime, transcendent terms is a strong one. ‘The Koran as an ... More
4. The Bible in the World of the Believers

4. The Bible in the World of the Believers  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0004
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Texts, once canonized, change and become sacred texts. ‘The Bible in the World of the Believers’ looks how the text then reflects the different beliefs of believing communities. This is ... More
3. The Making of the Bible

3. The Making of the Bible  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0003
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What exactly do we understand by the term Bible? ‘The Making of the Bible’ examines the different uses of the word Bible, and the different understandings of the Jewish Bible, the Hebrew ... More
7. The Bible in High and Popular Culture

7. The Bible in High and Popular Culture  

John Riches

in The Bible: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776304
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853431.003.0007
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The Bible has had a huge impact on European culture. The evidence for this is examined in ‘The Bible in High and Popular Culture’. With reference to the retelling of biblical stories in ... More
3. How did Judaism develop?

3. How did Judaism develop?  

Norman Solomon

in Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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9780191780035
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10.1093/actrade/9780199687350.003.0004
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It is interesting that a people subjected to so much harassment, persecution, denial, and exile managed to produce a culture of great vitality. ‘How did Judaism develop?’ examines the ... More
3. The iconoclasts

3. The iconoclasts  

Nick Groom

in The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777905
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10.1093/actrade/9780199586790.003.0003
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9780199586790
A significant moment in Gothic history comes with the Reformation. This left a developing sense of national uniqueness with a destructive attitude to the past. The puritanical zeal that had ... More
12. The Enduring Significance of the Old Testament

12. The Enduring Significance of the Old Testament  

Michael Coogan

in The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2008
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365531
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195305050.003.0012
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chapter
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9780195305050
For the last two millennia, the Bible has been an inspiration to creative artists — sculptors, painters, playwrights, novelists, composers, choreographers, and many others. ‘The enduring ... More

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