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Sacred Languages

An Introduction to Religion and Language [Paperback]

by Brian P. Bennett

    • Author

      Brian P. Bennett

    • Book Format

      Paperback

    • Publisher

      John Wiley & Sons Inc

    • Published

      September 2017

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      A fascinating comparative account of sacred languages and their role in and beyond religion --written for a broad, interdisciplinary audience Sacred languages have been used for foundational texts, liturgy, and ritual for millennia, and many have remained virtually unchanged through the centuries. While the vital relationship between language and religion has been long acknowledged, new research and thinking across an array of disciplines including religious studies, sociolinguistics, sociology, linguistics, and even neurolinguistics has resulted in a renewed interest in the area. This fascinating and informative book draws on Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Judaic, and Buddhist traditions to provide a concise and accessible introduction to the phenomenon of sacred languages. The book takes a strongly comparative, wide-ranging approach to exploring ways in which ancient religious languages, such as Latin, Pali, Church Slavonic, and Hebrew continue to shape the beliefs and practices of religious communities around the world. Informed by both comparative religion and sociolinguistics, it traces the histories of sacred languages, the myths and doctrines that explain their origin and value, the various ways they are used, the sectarian debates that shadow them, and the technological innovations that propel them forward in the twenty-first century. A comprehensive but succinct account of the role and importance of language within religion Takes an interdisciplinary approach which will appeal to students and scholars across an array of disciplines, including religious studies, sociology of religion, sociolinguistics, and linguistics Provides a strongly comparative exploration, drawing on Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Judaic, and Buddhist traditions Uses numerous examples and ties historic debates with contemporary situations Satisfies the rapidly growing demand for books on the subject among both academics and general readers Sacred Languages of the World is a must-read for students of religion and language, scripture, religious literacy, education and language, the sociology of religion, sociolinguistics. It will also have strong appeal among general readers with an interest comparative religion, history, cultural criticism, communication studies, and more.

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      • Author

        Brian P. Bennett

      • Book Format

        Paperback

      • Publisher

        John Wiley & Sons Inc

      • Published

        September 2017

      • Weight

        308g

      • Page Count

        240

      • Dimensions

        150 x 227 x 16 mm

      • ISBN

        9781118970775

      • ISBN-10

        1118970772

      • Eden Code

        4517576

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      • Author/Creator: Brian P. Bennett

      • ISBN: 9781118970775

      • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

      • Release Date: September 2017

      • Weight: 308g

      • Dimensions: 150 x 227 x 16 mm

      • Eden Code: 4517576


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