Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780712349758 Published December 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780712349550 Published September 2007 For sale in North and South America only

Sacred

Exhibition Catalogue

Edited by John Reeve

Edited by John Reeve

Distributed for British Library

With Essays by Karen Armstrong, Everett Fox, and F.E. Peters
208 pages | 200 color plates | 8-2/3 x 9 | © 2007
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780712349758 Published December 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780712349550 Published September 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Sacred is the lush official catalog of the groundbreaking British Library exhibit bearing the same name, which presents many of the world’s most beautiful religious texts for the first time. Illustrations from rare and exquisite examples of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sacred texts from the Library’s collections, along with unique treasures on loan from other institutions, are showcased and accompanied by essays from three of today’s leading religious scholars that explore aspects of the three faiths, including their historical development and contemporary meaning. Stunning full-color illustrations of many previously unreproduced manuscripts from the shared history of the three major religions are paired are brought into compellingly modern context by perceptive writers on religion such as Karen Armstrong, Everett Fox, Frank Peters, and Kathleen Doyle.
 
The manuscripts featured in Sacred include one of the earliest surviving Qur‘ans, completed 160 years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, and a sixth-century Christian text that was suppressed by the church for failing to include the genealogy of Christ. Other fascinating manuscripts include an ancient Jewish text containing an illustration of God’s face—forbidden in Jewish tradition—and the Torah scroll used by the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng. Sacred pairs images of these remarkable works with commentary from scholars and critics that explores the relationship between these three major faiths.
 
Accompanied by over 200 color illustrations, Sacred represents the first time that such remarkable and venerable manuscripts have been brought together in a single volume—illustrating the remarkable shared history of three of the world’s major religions.
Choice
"This synopsis of scriptural and artistic productions in the three great Abrahamic traditions demonstrates striking relations and influences."
Contents

Message from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

 

Message from HM King Mohammed VI of Morocco

 

Introduction

 

ESSAYS

The Idea of a Sacred Text

Living with Sacred Jewish Texts

The Poet in Performance: The Composition of the Qur’an

 

THE CATALOGUE

The Sacred Texts

Dissemination, Division and Difference

Establishing the Sacred Texts

Illuminating the Word in Colours and Gold

Religious Life: Encountering the Sacred

 

Judaism glossary

Christianity glossary

Islam glossary

Further reading

Map

Index of manuscripts

Index

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