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Sacred: Exhibition Catalogue

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Sacred is the lush official catalog of the groundbreaking British Library exhibit bearing the same name, which presents many of the worlds most beautiful religious texts for the first time. Illustrations from rare and exquisite examples of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sacred texts from the Librarys collections, along with unique treasures on loan from other institutions, are showcased and accompanied by essays from three of todays leading religious scholars that explore aspects of the three faiths, including their historical development and contemporary meaning. Stunning full-color illustrations of many previously unreproduced manuscripts from the shared history of the three major religions are paired are brought into compellingly modern context by perceptive writers on religion such as Karen Armstrong, Everett Fox, Frank Peters, and Kathleen Doyle.

 

The manuscripts featured in Sacred include one of the earliest surviving Qur‘ans, completed 160 years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, and a sixth-century Christian text that was suppressed by the church for failing to include the genealogy of Christ. Other fascinating manuscripts include an ancient Jewish text containing an illustration of Gods face—forbidden in Jewish tradition—and the Torah scroll used by the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng. Sacred pairs images of these remarkable works with commentary from scholars and critics that explores the relationship between these three major faiths.

 

Accompanied by over 200 color illustrations, Sacred represents the first time that such remarkable and venerable manuscripts have been brought together in a single volume—illustrating the remarkable shared history of three of the worlds major religions.

About the Author

John Reeve was head of education at the British Museum from 1982-2003.  He has published extensively on Japanese art, world religions, museology, and education.

Table of Contents

Message from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

 

Message from HM King Mohammed VI of Morocco

 

Introduction

 

ESSAYS

The Idea of a Sacred Text

Living with Sacred Jewish Texts

The Poet in Performance: The Composition of the Quran

 

THE CATALOGUE

The Sacred Texts

Dissemination, Division and Difference

Establishing the Sacred Texts

Illuminating the Word in Colours and Gold

Religious Life: Encountering the Sacred

 

Judaism glossary

Christianity glossary

Islam glossary

Further reading

Map

Index of manuscripts

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780712349550
Subtitle:
Exhibition Catalogue
Publisher:
British Library
Editor:
Reeve, John
Contribution by:
Armstrong, Karen
Contribution by:
Fox, Everett
Contribution:
Fox, Everett
Contribution:
Armstrong, Karen
Author:
Armstrong, Karen
Author:
Peters, F. E.
Author:
Fox, Everett
Author:
Reeve, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
Art-Museums and Collections
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20070918
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 color plates
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 8.67 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Museums and Collections
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Religious
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Religion » Comparative Religion » General
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