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Scope Notes on Scriptures

January 2013

Bhagavad-Gita
Sacred and popular religious scripture of Hinduism.
Diamond Sutra
Buddhist text.
Douay-Rheims
A translation from Latin Vulgate into English for the Catholic church, 1582.
Goodspeed
First complete English-language translation from original sources of the Apocrypha by Edgar J. Goodspeed, 1923.
Jerusalem
First Catholic Bible translated from Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic into English by British scholars, 1966.
Kama Sutra
Ancient Indian text on human sexuality, written in 2nd century CE.
King James
King James or Authorized version, completed in 1611 by English scholars.
Koran or Quran
Sacred book of Islam, which consists of one hundred and fourteen suras, or chapters.
New American
Translation by American scholars into modern English, sponsored by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (Roman Catholic). Earlier version called Confraternity.
New International
A Protestant Bible sponsored by the New York Bible Society.
New Jerusalem
A Roman Catholic Bible that follows the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.
New King James
A 1962 updated edition of the 1611 version. Uses modern terminology.
New Living Translation
A translation into modern English.
New Revised Standard
A 1989 updated edition of the Revised Standard. Uses modern terminology.
Pentateuch
The books of Hebrew law (Torah); the five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Revised Standard
Protestant version by American scholars, sponsored by the National Council of Churches of Christ.
Rig Veda
Collection of hymns that contains the mythology of the Hindu gods and is the foundation of Hindu religion.
Talmud
Rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, philosophy, customs, and history. Consists of the Mishnah and Gemara.
Upanishads
Collection of writings from oral transmissions that form the core of Hindu philosophy.

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Posted on 2013-01-04