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Sacred languages and sacred texts / John F.A. Sawyer.

Sawyer, John F. A. (Author).
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Subject: Bible > Language, style.
Bible > Langue.
Language and languages > Religious aspects > History.
Sacred books > History and criticism.
Rome > Languages > Religious aspects > History.
Langage et langues > Aspect religieux > Histoire.
Livres sacrés > Histoire et critique.
Rome > Langues > Aspect religieux > Histoire.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780203047750
  • ISBN: 0203047753
  • ISBN: 9780415125468
  • ISBN: 0415125464
  • ISBN: 9780415125475
  • ISBN: 0415125472
  • ISBN: 0203290909
  • ISBN: 9780203290903
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 190 pages).
  • Publisher: London ; Routledge, 1999.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-182) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Introduction -- 2. The language situation -- 3. Sacred languages -- 4. Literacy -- 5. Canonization -- 6. Translation -- 7. Beliefs and controls -- 8. Names and numbers -- 9. Styles and strategies -- 10. Interpretation -- 11. Conclusion.
Summary, etc.: Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts is the first comprehensive study of the role of languages and texts in the religions of the Greco-Roman world, including Judaism and Christianity. It explores bilingualism, language learning, literacy, book production and translation, as well as some of the more explicitly religious factors, including beliefs about language, missionary zeal, ritual, conservatism and the power of a priestly establishment. Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts sheds new light on the role of the power of words, spoken and written, in religion.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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