Christian Sacred Texts: The Bible

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Sacred Texts in World Religions

Some sacred texts form the cornerstone of a religion, instilling law, character and spirituality in its people; some are narratives of historical figures in the faith. A text might be viewed as the unchanging “Word of God;” other texts are revised and expanded by later generations. Texts can be literal, or metaphorical, or both. This guide shows you how to find online versions, commentary and historical context of scriptures for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Buddhist Sacred Texts: The Sutras

The Buddhist canon consists of the Sutras: the words and teachings of the Buddha. There are also a ... read more »

Christian Sacred Texts: The Bible

Christianity combines the Jewish Old Testament with the New Testament to form the Christian Bible, which followers refer to as the Holy Scriptures. There are many noncanonical texts in the Christian religion as well. Protestants believe in the preeminence of the Holy Scriptures, as the Reformation was a return to the early days of Christianity prior to the policies and creeds developed by the Catholic Church hierarchy.

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  • The New Testaments for Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox are the same. However, the Old Testaments differ: Catholics and Orthodox use more books from the Old Testament than the Protestants do; the Catholic and Orthodox Bibles, unlike Protestant Bibles, are based on the “Septuagint” (explained in the links below).

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Hindu Sacred Texts: The Vedas

The Vedas, or “Books of Knowledge,” are the foremost sacred texts in Hinduism. These ... read more »

Islamic Sacred Texts: The Quran and Hadith

As the third of the Abrahamic religions, Muslims respect the Old and New Testaments, and consider ... read more »

Jewish Sacred Texts: The Tanach, Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash

Judaism is the oldest of the Abrahamic religions, and its primary sacred text is the Tanach, or the ... read more »

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