Encyclopedia of World Scriptures

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Presents information on sacred and influential writings from around the world including works of holy law, descriptions and prescriptions for ceremonies, literature and hero stories, and word puzzles, matrices, and numerology.

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The award-winning encyclopedist Mary Ellen Snodgrass lives and writes in Hickory, North Carolina. Her recent works include A Multicultural Dictionary of Literary Terms (with Gary Carey, 1999, $29.50, "highly recommended"-Library Journal) and Who's Who in the Middle Ages (2001, $75).

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As this is the first reference book to bring together information about the major sacred texts of the world in one volume, it would be nice to offer a hearty recommendation. Snodgrass (coauthor, A Multicultural Dictionary of Literary Terms) presents introductions to and summaries of 27 works or collections of works accepted by various religious traditions as normative or authoritative, including the Bible, Black Elk Speaks, the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, Zen koans, and the Koran. Though much here can be read profitably, significant weaknesses affect the book's usefulness. There are obviously inaccurate statements, such as "Jesus urges the disciple to...feed him fish and honeycomb" and "Readers and theologians revere the finished work [the Authorized Version of the English Bible] into current times as the King James Bible (or KJB)." In fact, there is no mention of honeycomb in the last chapter of Luke (to which the author refers), and the Authorized Version is also known as the King James Version (KJV). A "Time Line of World Scriptures" near the end of the volume contains questionable entries, e.g., the canonization of the Pentateuch in 400 B.C.E. and the Apostle Paul as the author of Hebrews. In addition, the glossary omits several possible "crucial and recurrent terms," including Torah, gospel, epistle, and Sadducee (though Essene and Pharisee are listed). Thus, the best one can do is offer a qualified recommendation and urge a revision. Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
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