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History of the World's Religions (12th Edition) Hardcover – April 28, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0136149842 ISBN-10: 0136149847 Edition: 12th
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Refined by over forty years of dialogue and correspondence with religious experts and practitioners around the world, this text is widely regarded as the hallmark of fairness and accuracy in its field. It is also the most comprehensive history of world religions available in a single volume, treating many subjects largely neglected in other texts. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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A History of the World's Religions is widely regarded as the hallmark of scholarship, fairness, and accuracy in its field. Noss introduces you to the origins of world religions and shows you how they developed into the religions that impact the world we live in now. The depth, breadth, and clear organization of A History of the World’s Religions provide information that is most useful for lively class discussions and in-depth assignments.

 

NEW TO THE TWELFTH EDITION!

  • Updated coverage of Jewish scriptures in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the Pharisaic Hebrew scriptures, the Septuagint, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Samaritan Pentateuch.
  • Updated coverage of the Religious Right, the change in popes, the ongoing re-examination of human sexuality in Christian communities, and developments in global Christianity.
  • Coverage of the Shi’ite and Baath Party rift in Iraq.
  • Coverage of the religious background to conflict within Iran.
  • Additional material on the impact of the gender gap on South Asian religious communities.
  • New illustrations, including teaching pictures actually used in everyday devotional activity

CONTENT AND PEDAGOGIC FEATURES OF A HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS

  • Offers the most detailed treatment of world religions available in a single-volume text.
  • Demonstrates how the history of a religion influences the current religious, social, political, and ethical climate.
  • Includes primary sources and places them within a context that maximizes understanding.
  • Treats non-English terms with clarity and sensitivity.
  • Discusses the varieties of fundamentalism found in religions today and why they emerged.
  • Discusses the role of women and female divinities.
  • Includes a complete chapter on Zoroastrianism.
  • Organizes material in a way that makes information easy to locate.
  • Highlights terms and keys them to chapter-end glossaries.
  • Boxes brief quotations for added interest and easy reference.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 12 edition (April 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136149847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136149842
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Dapperdobbs on October 31, 2001
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A truly excellent, penetrating, work. David Noss provides an opportunity for the reader to personally shake hands with each major religion: each is introduced with unobtrusive eloquence and exactitude; each is treated with the utmost respect; and so is the reader accorded this same, unpretentious, sacred reverence. One might gain the impression that a very sane and learned scholar in each religion covered is laying out for you the fundamentals and origins of his beliefs and faith, in a non-proselytizing way, for you to see. Excellent!
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "diet_and_body" on June 10, 1999
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The key words for the book could be as the following -- Tactful, sophisticated, academic, reader's friendly, accurate, intriguing, inspiring, comprehensive. One can get proud of the Mankind history - not only wars and dirty politics did we have but the heights of spiritual life, in many forms and manifestations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Watson McFestus on June 19, 2011
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I was looking for an inexpensive but quality book that explained the origin, history and basic beliefs of the worlds religions for my home library. I wanted something that had more than just the major 5 or 6 religions. At the huge used book store I frequent, this title was clearly the best. I purchased the 9th edition for $7.00. I find myself browsing through parts of it quite often. One of the best buys I've ever had.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FaeGreta on March 20, 2008
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Another good text from a top notch class I decided to keep for reference. The class did use supplemental materials but this is a good overall source for info on the historic origins and development of world religions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dwight on May 7, 2013
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Very detailed.. So detailed that it will over load your brain. It helped me out a lot but I would recommend just sticking with the Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and the other major religions that the exam covers. I read the whole book and compared it to the exam, the majority of those indigenous religions that are outline and detailed in the book wont pop up on the exam. So, don't waste your time if you are using this book as study guide for the exam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karl Denton on February 19, 2012
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This book is a history of the worlds regions and it is right on! I purchased it because I wanted to learn just how far back the notion of religion went. It provided me with those answers. Many reviews here talk about the author not going into depth about the "deities" behind each religion and I am guessing that these folks want to inject a little about what they believe (the people they believe in). But that is not the purpose of this book! Its purpose is to remove the religion and jut give us the history of each religion. For the work they have done, for the way it is written, for the efforts they used to just present what we know I think this book is right on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul J Ok on October 10, 2014
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I imagine when you write a history book on religion it must be very hard to
write an unbiased opinion and stick to the facts.
I personally was not impressed with the author's writing and so I am a little
shocked to see it is in it's 12th edition already.
I bought the book based on it having so many updates and new editions and
simply the title gave me what I needed as I was searching for some specific
historical answers. The book provided what I needed so I rated it OK.
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23 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 2002
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I have used earlier editions of this book, then named Man's Religions, since 1989 as the basis for lectures on World Religion for a community college class. I definately want to get a copy of this 10th edition! I hope in the future to be able to have this textbook for my class because then I will not need to supplement with handouts - everything I need will be right there in the book.
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