Concise Encyclopedia of Language and Religion by John F. A. Sawyer, J. M. Y. Simpson, R. E. Asher

By John F. A. Sawyer, J. M. Y. Simpson, R. E. Asher

The Concise Encyclopedia of Language and faith presents the expert and the final reader with actual, updated info on each point of the the most important interface among language and faith. quick access to fabric in over 320 articles through students in lots of fields is supplied either in a transparent thematic association, and by way of a entire and exact basic index. dialogue of many subject matters together with the construction of targeted sacred scripts, spiritual calligraphy, and using non secular symbols in meditation, magic and in different places, is enriched and elucidated by way of illustrations, diagrams and tables. The Concise Encyclopedia of Language and faith brings jointly articles and bibliographic entries drawn from the award-winning Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, all of that have been revised and up-to-date adequately. those articles are supplemented via various thoroughly new contributions, considered one of that is an in depth 12,500 be aware article on 'Basic options and phrases in Linguistics', making this quantity available to a large viewers.

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Reminding us that the ancient Hebrew alphabet contained no vowels, followers of British-Israelism point to the rivers Danube, Dnieper, Dniester, and the Don as evidence the tribe of Dan had passed close by. Place names such as Donegal, Dunsmor, and Denmark offer further evidence as does Jutland, that is 'land of the Jews,' in Denmark. British-Israelism also sees a connection between Irish dunn 'judge' and the tribe of Dan, since the descendants of Dan were a judgmental people (Genesis 49: 16).

One category of the names and concepts of God in Africa, present God as Creator or maker from the beginning. Examples are Mu'umba, among the Swahili, Lubumba among the Tonga of Zambia, and Karunga among the Herero of Namibia. ' God is viewed as the one who 'molded' creation. He therefore concludes that what brings Africa together is a strong belief in African Traditional Religions the existence of a living God. It is on this concept that he believes one should speak of African Traditional Religion in the singular.

Section IV focuses on special uses of language in various types of religious context, from worship (mantra, sutra, dharani, glossolalia, hwyl, preaching, hymns, silence) and theological discourse (allegory, metaphor, myth) to religious experience (channeling, meditation) and everyday life (blessing, cursing, magic). There are articles on performative utterances, religious symbols, and the special use of scripts and writing techniques in, for example, copying sutras, Islamic calligraphy, and masoretic tradition.

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