The Illustrated Bestiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Inspiring Animals
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The Illustrated Bestiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Inspiring Animals

Author and spiritual wellness guide Maia Toll turns the insight and wisdom that birthed The Illustrated Crystallary and The Illustrated Herbiary — her best-selling volume on the mystical power of plants — to the mysteries of the animal kingdom. She profiles the mystical, meaningful traits of 36 powerful animals and explores how those traits can guide our intentions, inform our actions, and offer wisdom and insight. Spring Peeper’s ab...

'I have written to the king, my lord': Secular Analogies for the Psalms (Hebrew Bible Monographs 1)
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'I have written to the king, my lord': Secular Analogies for the Psalms

The psalms in the Hebrew Bible have often been compared with the religious texts of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Canaan. Roger Tomes shows, in this incisive monograph, how the letters of the ancient Near East, from Mari, Amarna, Ugarit, Nimrud and Nineveh, are an equally rewarding analogue. In them we find suppliants, caught in crisis situations, appealing to their rulers; they use the same arguments to persuade them to act as the psalmist...

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
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A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. The epic st...

Chod Practice Manual and Commentary
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Chod Practice Manual and Commentary

This splendid resource for Chöd practitioners contains the Chöd sadhana written by the Fourteenth Karmapa. This daily practice text is given in three versions: Tibetan, a phonetic rendering of the Tibetan, and English translation. Jamgön Kongtrül's commentary on the sadhana supplies necessary amplification and clarification; it is given both in English and Tibetan. An important feature of the commentary is the inclusion of illustrati...

Warfare, Ritual, and Symbol in Biblical and Modern Contexts
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Warfare, Ritual, and Symbol in Biblical and Modern Contexts

New perspectives on Israelite warfare for biblical studies, military studies, and social theory Contributors investigate what constituted a symbol in war, what rituals were performed and their purpose, how symbols and rituals functioned in and between wars and battles, what effects symbols and rituals had on insiders and outsiders, what ways symbols and rituals functioned as instruments of war, and what roles rituals and symbols play...

Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture
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Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture

Who are the "Nones"? What does humanism say about race, religion and popular culture? How do race, religion and popular culture inform and affect humanism? The demographics of the United States are changing, marked most profoundly by the religiously unaffiliated, or what we have to come to call the "Nones". Spread across generations in the United States, this group encompasses a wide range of philosophical and ideological perspective...

An Introduction to the Theology of Religions: Biblical, Historical & Contemporary Perspectives
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An Introduction to the Theology of Religions

"Given today's theological agenda, it is of utmost significance to take into account the challenge of a Christian theology of religions. Dr. Karkkainen, a prolific and creative theologian in this field, takes the issue of religious pluralism seriously from biblical, historical and contemporary perspectives. His treatment of the Christian theology of religions in diverse contexts is comprehensive, impressive and compelling. His book i...

Cross Veneration in the Medieval Islamic World: Christian Identity and Practice under Muslim Rule
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Cross Veneration in the Medieval Islamic World (Early and Medieval Islamic World)

One of the most common religious practices among medieval Eastern Christian communities was their devotion to venerating crosses and crucifixes. Yet many of these communities existed in predominantly Islamic contexts, where the practice was subject to much criticism and often resulted in accusations of idolatry. How did Christians respond to these allegations? Why did they advocate the preservation of a practice that was often met wi...

Trial of a Thousand Years: World Order and Islamism
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Trial of a Thousand Years: World Order and Islamism

An incisive and instructive work of scholarship and erudition. Even more powerful and helpful in its eschewing of the deliberate misdirections and obfuscations of political correctness. This book addresses facts before our eyes concerning the conflict between strands of Islam and the values of the West which allow those strands the freedom to operate. "Belligerent self pity" - just one of the short, pithy and absolute accurate charac...

Beholders of Divine Secrets: Mysticism and Myth in the Hekhalot and Merkavah Literature
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Beholders of Divine Secrets

This is the author's doctoral dissertation in book form. It is a study of mythological motifs from the Ancient Near East in the Jewish mystical tradition in late antiquity and early medieval period. It is an interesting study from a comparative perspective, but does not draw any conclusion regarding the transmission of the ideas from Mesopotamia in 500BC and the Hekhalot and Merkavah literature of 200-800AD.