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  • The Bhagavad Gita by Richard H. Davis
    The Bhagavad Gita (English, Hardback) Richard H. Davis

    The Bhagavad Gita, perhaps the most famous of all Indian scriptures, is universally regarded as one of the world's spiritual and literary masterpieces. Richard Davis tells the story of this venerable and enduring book, from its origins in ancient India to its reception today as a spiritual classic that has been translated into more than seventy-five languages. The Gita opens on the eve of a mighty...

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  • The Book of Genesis by Ronald S. Hendel
    The Book of Genesis (English, Hardback) Ronald S. Hendel

    Provides the history of Genesis and explores its impact on Western religion, philosophy, science, politics, literature, and more. This title traces how Genesis has shaped views of reality, and how changing views of reality have shaped interpretations of Genesis.

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  • Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae by Bernard McGinn
    Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae (English, Hardback) Bernard McGinn

    Tells the story of the important theological work of the Middle Ages, the vast Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, which holds a place in Western religion and philosophy. This book synthesizes an astonishing range of scholarship, covering hundreds of topics and containing more than a million and a half words.

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  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali by David Gordon White
    The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali (English, Hardback) David Gordon White

    Consisting of fewer than two hundred verses written in an obscure if not impenetrable language and style, Patanjali's Yoga Sutra is today extolled by the yoga establishment as a perennial classic and guide to yoga practice. This title demonstrates both of the assumptions are incorrect.

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  • The I Ching by Richard J. Smith
    The I Ching (English, Hardback) Richard J. Smith

    The "I Ching" originated in China as a divination manual more than three thousand years ago. In 136 BCE the emperor declared it a Confucian classic. This title tells the extraordinary story of how this cryptic and once obscure book became one of the most widely read and extensively analyzed texts in all of world literature.

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  • The Lotus Sutra by Donald S. Lopez
    The Lotus Sutra (English, Hardback) Donald S. Lopez

    The Lotus Sutra is arguably the most famous of all Buddhist scriptures. Composed in India in the first centuries of the Common Era, it is renowned for its inspiring message that all beings are destined for supreme enlightenment. Here, Donald Lopez provides an engaging and accessible biography of this enduring classic....

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  • John Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion" by Professor Bruce Gordon
    John Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion" (English, Hardback) Professor Bruce Gordon

    John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion is a defining book of the Reformation and a pillar of Protestant theology. First published in Latin in 1536 and in Calvin's native French in 1541, the Institutes argues for the majesty of God and for justification by faith alone. The book decisively shaped Calvinism as a major religious and intellectual force in Europe and throughout the world....

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  • Augustine's Confessions by Garry Wills
    Augustine's Confessions (English, Hardback) Garry Wills

    An introduction to "Confessions", one of the most important books in the Christian and Western traditions. It tells the story of the "Confessions" - what motivated Augustine to dictate it, how it asks to be read, and the many ways it has been misread in the one-and-a-half millennia since it was composed.

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  • The Book of Mormon by Paul C. Gutjahr
    The Book of Mormon (English, Hardback) Paul C. Gutjahr

    Late one night in 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr was reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate New York by an angel named Moroni. Thus began the unlikely career of the "Book of Mormon". This book traces the life of this book as it has formed and fractured different strains of Mormonism and transformed religious expression around the world.

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  • The Book of Common Prayer by Alan Jacobs
    The Book of Common Prayer (English, Hardback) Alan Jacobs

    Shows from its beginnings as a means of social and political control in the England of Henry VIII to its worldwide presence today - became a venerable work whose cadences express the heart of religious life for many.

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  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison by Martin Marty
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison (English, Hardback) Martin Marty

    A collection of letters that tantalizes questions about the role of Christianity and the church in an increasingly secular world. It provides a fresh perspective on religious and secular life in the postwar era.

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  • The Book of Job by Mark Larrimore
    The Book of Job (English, Hardback) Mark Larrimore

    Raises stark questions about the nature and meaning of innocent suffering and the relationship of the human to the divine, yet it is also one of the Bible's most obscure and paradoxical books, one that defies interpretation even today.

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  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead by Donald S. Lopez
    The Tibetan Book of the Dead (English, Hardback) Donald S. Lopez

    "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" is the most famous Buddhist text in the West, having sold more than a million copies since it was first published in English in 1927. This title tells the story of how a relatively obscure and malleable collection of Buddhist texts of uncertain origin came to be so revered - and so misunderstood - in the West.

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  • The Talmud by Barry Wimpfheimer
    The Talmud (English, Hardback) Barry Wimpfheimer

    The life and times of an enduring work of Jewish spirituality...

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  • C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity by George M. Marsden
    C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity (English, Hardback) George M. Marsden

    Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis's eloquent and winsome defense of the Christian faith, originated as a series of BBC radio talks broadcast during the dark days of World War Two. Here is the story of the extraordinary life and afterlife of this influential and much-beloved book....

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  • The Koran in English by Bruce Lawrence
    The Koran in English (English, Hardback) Bruce Lawrence

    The untold story of how the Arabic Qur'an became the English Koran...

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  • The Dead Sea Scrolls by John J. Collins
    The Dead Sea Scrolls (English, Hardback) John J. Collins

    Presents the story of the conflicts that have swirled around the scrolls since their startling discovery, and sheds light on their true significance for Jewish and Christian history. This title explores whether the scrolls were indeed the property of an isolated, quasi-monastic community living at Qumran or whether they reflect the Judaism.

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  • The Book of Common Prayer by Alan Jacobs
    The Book of Common Prayer (English, CD-Audio) Alan Jacobs

    While many of us are familiar with such famous words as, "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here?" or "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust," we may not know that they originated with The Book of Common Prayer, which first appeared in 1549....

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