Synopses & Reviews
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 and teaches at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is the author of several books on Asian art and world religion.
Table of Contents
Message from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Message from HM King Mohammed VI of Morocco
The Idea of a Sacred Text
Living with Sacred Jewish Texts
The Poet in Performance: The Composition of the Quran
The Sacred Texts
Dissemination, Division and Difference
Establishing the Sacred Texts
Illuminating the Word in Colours and Gold
Religious Life: Encountering the Sacred
Index of manuscripts