Religious Literature

From the Bible, Quran and Torah to modern day fiction, religious literature encompasses a vast array of genres.

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What does instruct the ignorant mean?

Dear friend.

As this question has been answered in different ways I will answer your question as you have written it. First let us understand the meaning of ignorant. It means acording to the dictionary "Uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication". Let us concentrate on the words Uneducated and Lacking knowledge shall we. Both actually mean the same, being uneducated is the lack of knowledge, though to this persons reasoning no one is that uneducated for all of us know something. However, as we do not know everything, but when interested in knowing about a given subject we turn to those who can instruct us so that we might gain the knowledge of that which we are ignorant of.

I could have explained this much shorter but I do at times like to blow my own trumped.

With respect

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Imagine you're taking notes for Cecil Sharp as he travels through Appalachia in 1916 Which of the following do you think you are most likely to find?

a singer with no music or instrument(apex)

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The Difference Between

Which of the following describes a difference between the Jewish Ten Commandments and the Code of Justinian?

The Ten Commandments were followed as part of a religion, while the Code of Justinian was not.

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Books and Literature

What is the topic of a book?

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Three elements of poetry?

There are three elements of poetry. These include rhythm, rhyme, and imagery. There are a variety of forms of poetry.

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Why are holy books important?

Holy books are important as they contain the teachings, hyms and guidance from certain religions.

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Short Stories

Who are the characters in The Mats by Francisco Arcellana?

Mr. Angeles (Jaime) - the head of Angeles family

Emilia (Miling) - wife of Mr. Angeles

Marcelina, Jose, Antonio, Juan, Jesus, Susanna, and Alfonso - children of Mr. and Mrs. Angeles Josefina, Victoria, and Concepcion - dead family members

Mr. Angeles (Jaime) - the head of Angeles family

Emilia (Miling) - wife of Mr. Angeles

Marcelina, Jose, Antonio, Juan, Jesus, Susanna, and Alfonso - children of Mr. and Mrs. Angeles Josefina, Victoria, and Concepcion - dead family members

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What is the holy book Mexico?


Tanakh and Talmud
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Why is studying the Hebrew Bible and commentaries such as the Talmud so important to Jews?

The Tanakh or Jewish Bible is considered to be God's revelations to mankind, providing the key instructions on how to behave in the highest ethical manner. The commentaries like the MishnaH, Talmud, Shulchan Aruch, and numerous other such books expand and interpret the words of the Torah, the first part of the Tanakh. These expansions and interpretations serve to make the rules of the Torah applicable to daily circumstances and life-issues.

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Scattergories and Words Starting with Certain Letters

What is the name of the religious group that begins with B?


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How did the author use the foreshadowing device in the story in the story of faith love time and dr. lazaro?

Paning kamot moh uy

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What is the Christian holy book called?

The sacred text in Christianity is the Bible.

Description of the Holy Bible

The Holy Bible is a collection of 66 little books written by some 40 different people, over a period of 1600 years (2 Peter 1:21) (2 Samuel 23:2) telling the history of mankind, his fall into sin, God's promise of a 'rescuer' , God's dealings with humanity over the centuries, the arrival of that 'rescuer', fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies and mankind's one hope for the future. It is a collection of historical books, poetry, prophecy, and letters. Essentially it is the same as the Jewish Scriptures, with the addition of the New Testament - which relates the story of Jesus and the growth of the church in the years after Jesus' death and resurrection.

The Holy Scriptures that are accepted by Christianity are the 66 books that comprise the Bible. The original scriptures that were penned in Hebrew run from Genesis to Malachi. Then the part of the scriptures that were originally penned in Greek run from Matthew to Revelation.

These individual books are not in chronological order. But the Bible canon as it is, was accepted in the early years right after John wrote his books.

Style of Writing and Relevance to Founding Christianity

The sacred writing of the Catholic Church are contained in the Bible, but unlike other sacred writings, they (well, the New Testament) was written more as preaching, it is not an encyclopedia of Christianity. The Church is based on the Bishops under the successor of St. Peter (read St. Matthew 16:17-19).

Weight of Scripture in Christian Sects

Catholics hold that Scripture forms a part of the Church doctrine, but it holds in conjunction with the Catechism and other Papal Bulls and Creeds. Protestants typically reject any source of decrees or laws outside of the Bible in what is known as Sola Scriptura. Orthodox Christianity affirms the fact that the Bible is the sole rule for all matters of faith. Thus any other influential writings are seen as lesser than and subject to the scrutiny of the Holy Bible.

Importance of the New Testament

The Bible as a whole is of great importance to the Christian believer. The New Testament, in particular.

The books of the Old Testament are also considered scriptural as these tell of the revelation of God throughout history, before the coming of Christ. They also they point to the coming of Christ through prophesy. It tells us of who God is, what God did, what He expected from His people "the Israelites", how he wants to be worshiped and tons of wisdom for each of us as individuals. It is a biography of His people, the things they did wrong and what they did right. The Old Testament is full of the law of God and how the people could not live by His holy law.

The New Testament is the biography of Jesus. It tells us of his birth and his death, burial and resurrection. There is direction in Acts on how to be saved and the epistles tell us how to stay saved. Revelation tells us what to expect when we die from this earth.

For today the New Testament is the place for all new believers to start learning. But once you get your feet wet you need to study more and delve into the wonderful knowledge of the Old Testament so you can be well rounded in the knowledge of God.

Canons of the Bible

Depending upon the version of Christianity you are referring to, there are multiple different versions of the Bible. The basic text is comprised of the Old and New Testaments that are further broken up into collections of books. There are different canons, however. The canon are the books that are in the Bible being that the Bible is really just a larger book containing many smaller books. In the list below, if a book has no parentheticals, this means that it is a part of all Christian Canons. If it does have letters inside the parentheticals, it means that this is a book used by the following traditions:

  • P - Protestant (it is worth noting that because Protestants keep to a reduced canon, there is no "P" below)
  • C - Catholic
  • O - Orthodox
  • S - Syrian Orthodox
  • E - Ethiopian Orthodox

It is worth noting that a book will carry an asterisk if the text has additions in some sects but not others. After this a dash will provide additional content information. Additionally most of the books of the Old Testament that are part of the Catholic or Orthodox Canons but are not part of the Protestant Canons are called the Apocrypha.

The Christian Bible contains the following books:


Pentateuch / Five Books of Moses / Books of the Law

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Leviticus
  4. Numbers
  5. Deuteronomy

Historical Books

  1. Joshua
  2. Judges
  3. Ruth
  4. 1 Samuel
  5. 2 Samuel
  6. 1 Kings
  7. 2 Kings
  8. 1 Chronicles
  9. 2 Chronicles
  10. 1 Esdras (COE)
  11. Ezra - Esdras 2 Additions (COSE)
  12. Nehemiah - Esdras 2 Additions (COSE)
  13. Tobit / Tobias (COSE)
  14. Judith (COSE)
  15. Esther - Additions (COSE)
  16. 1 Maccabees (COS)
  17. 2 Maccabees (COS)
  18. 3 Maccabees (O)
  19. 4 Maccabees (O)
  20. 1 Meqabyan (E) -- Note that while "Meqabyan" is usually called "Maccabees" by Ethiopian Orthodox, the text of the Meqabyan is entirely different from Maccabees.
  21. 2 Meqabyan (E)
  22. 3 Meqabyan (E)

Wisdom Books

  1. Job
  2. Psalms 1-150
  3. Psalm 151 (OS)
  4. Psalms 152-155 (S)
  5. Prayer of Manasseh (O, in E this is part of 2 Chronicles)
  6. Proverbs
  7. Ecclesiates
  8. Song of Songs
  9. Wisdom of Solomon (COS)
  10. Sirach (COSE)


  1. Isaiah
  2. Jeremiah
  3. Lamentations (in COSE this is part of Jeremiah)
  4. Baruch (COS, in E this is part of Jeremiah)
  5. 4 Baruch (S, in E this is part of Jeremiah)
  6. Letter of Jeremiah (OS, in C this is part of Baruch, in E this is part of Jeremiah)
  7. Ezekiel
  8. Daniel - Additions such as "Bel and the Dragon" (COSE)

Minor Prophets

  1. Hosea
  2. Joel
  3. Amos
  4. Obadiah
  5. Jonah
  6. Micah
  7. Nahum
  8. Habakkuk
  9. Zephaniah
  10. Haggai
  11. Zechariah
  12. Malachi
  13. Josippon (E)



  1. Matthew
  2. Mark
  3. Luke
  4. John

Apostolic History

  1. Acts of the Apostles

Pauline Epistles

  1. Romans
  2. 1 Corinthians
  3. 2 Corinthians
  4. Galatians
  5. Ephesians
  6. Philippians
  7. Colossians
  8. 1 Thessalonians
  9. 2 Thessalonians
  10. 1 Timothy
  11. 2 Timothy
  12. Titus
  13. Philemon

General Epistles

  1. Hebrews
  2. James
  3. 1 Peter
  4. 2 Peter
  5. 1 John
  6. 2 John
  7. 3 John
  8. Jude


  1. Revelation

Ethiopian Canon

  1. Ser`atä Seyon (E)
  2. Te'ezaz (E)
  3. Gessew (E)
  4. Abtelis (E)
  5. I Covenant (E)
  6. II Covenant (E)
  7. Ethiopic Clement (E)
  8. Ethiopic Didascalia (E)

Additional Holy Materials

Outside of this, there are a few things that people regard as holy that are specific to parts of the church as a whole. The Catechism of the Catholic church is a book that answers all of the questions of where the church stands on certain issues--this includes anything from speeding to abortion and the death penalty. It is the very essence of the doctrine of the church. Other churches contain similar books like the Lutheran and Episcopalian church. The United Methodist has one called the Discipline. Though these may not be always regarded as holy (some consider them--especially the Catholic church), they are a place that condenses the doctrines of the church to a single book. Some church include a Book of Common Prayer. This is used in Episcopalian, Catholic, Anglican, and others. It is a book that aids in devotion and prayer in one's private meditation as well as cooperate worship.

The Latter Day Saints movement (LDS or Mormons) include the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. These four texts are referred to as the Standard Works. The Book of Mormon is believed to be written in about the same time as the Bible but in the Americas, after Jesus was crucified. The other books were written by Mormon prophets.

The Catholics consider writings by the Popes on doctrine as sacred and infallible and have a very high regard for the Catechism of the Church.

The Christian Scientists consider Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy as scripture.

In addition to these, some Christian groups accept other books as scriptural. These include other documents such as the Didache, a first century 'handbook' on Christian living, which is held as scriptural by some eastern churches.

Additionally there are many sayings of the Church Fathers, which are extrabiblical, but critical in the development of Christianity. Please see the Related Question below for more on that.

Commentary on the idea of "Christian Holy Books"

The question should be rephrased as "What do followers of Christ call their holy book?" The answer is commonly thought of as the Holy Bible. The common misunderstanding of Christianity is that it is a set of rules or beliefs that need to be followed like other religions. Christianity is about the person of Christ. Everything is centered about Christ. It is either one has Christ and Christ owns him or not at all.

Jesus never claimed to be anyone else than God Himself. He made it so clear that the Jews of his day who understood his claim wanted to stone him to death. Jesus proved his Deity through his miracles, his teachings and his resurrection from the dead. His teachings, his miracles and his resurrection were public knowledge during his time. When the New Testament was written, most if not all of the eye witnesses were still alive and could have refuted the writings of Paul, Peter and the Gospel writers. Even the enemies of Jesus acknowledged the miracles but did not accept Jesus as their long awaited Messiah. Hence, the religious leaders of that time missed their opportunity to place their faith on Jesus who fulfilled every prophesy that were written about him in the Old Testament. For someone to fulfill more than a hundred prophecies to the letter like Jesus did is like looking for a penny in a two-feet deep of dollar coins covering the whole state of Texas!

So you see, even Jesus hated religion. Christianity is about a personal relationship with Jesus, whom Christians believe is alive today!

Islamic faith perspective

Per Islam teachings and per Qur'an holy book, Muslims believe in the Bible (called in Arabic Injil or إنجيل) or Gospel that was revealed by God to Jesus (peace be upon him). Muslims; per Islam teachings; don't believe in the holiness of any other human written sections of the Christian New Testament. Muslims believe also in the Torah as the God revelation book to prophet Moses (peace be upon him) and believe in the Psalms as God revelations to prophet Abraham (peace be upon him).

Qur'an says (meaning English translation):

"And We (Allah or God and same God worshiped in Judaism and Christianity) sent, following in their (Jews) footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel (or the Bible), in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous. And let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein. And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is those who are the defiantly disobedient." (5:46-47).

New Testament
Old Testament
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List all books in old testament in order?









1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles










The Song of Solomon





















1 maccabees

2 maccabees

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What do you call someone that is going to be receiving confirmation?

A person who will be receiving the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation is usually referred to as a Candidate.

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New Testament
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How did the men in white encourage the apostles?


History, Politics & Society
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Why is education so important to the puritans?

education was important to the puritans because they felt that everyone should be able to read, understand, and live by the bible.

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Do all religions have a holy book?

I don't really know, but I'm gonna go with "not really".

Some religions like Muslim, Jewish, Christian, they all have a holy book.

But some religions like Wicca they don't have a holy book.

I'm Muslim, but I also practice Wicca.

And the religion Wicca doesn't have any holy book.

So not all religions have a holy book.

I hope this helps answer your question lol. :)

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Do our modern youth still preserve a chivalrous attitude toward women?

It's gotten pretty rare.

The Bible
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Where did Hallelujah originate from?

it originated from the bible.

Name Origins
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Why are Reference Sources important?

because of the catholic reformation

Animated TV Series
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Is 'Crona' from the series Soul Eater Male or Female?

The author has avoided saying whether Crona is male or female, and it's easy to see him/her as both. In the anime Crona is a boy, but in the manga Crona is a girl. Personally, I believe Crona is a male.

Literature and Language
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What does The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one mean?

The original source for this quote comes from an Austrian psychiatrist, Wilhelm Stekel (1868-1940), see related links below. It was later popularized by J.D. Salinger in his novel, The Catcher in the Rye, which ironically has become a mainstay among serial killers, many of whom end up dead themselves shortly after gaining infamy by carrying out their assasination plot against a highly public figure, deceived no doubt by their twisted minds.

According to the quote, the difference between the mature man and the immature man is that the mature man looks humbly for a solution and faces the problem in a desire to serve and benefit others while the immature man looks for a way to make himself look good, or find a way to benefit himself, which may include giving up or running away, or even by dreaming of a quick, grandiose sacrifice which would give them the ego-feeding dying satisfaction of imagining their name become immortalized for their sacrifice, and that they would live on as poets and bards will sing their praises.

In The Catcher In The Rye, the main character and narrator, Holden Caulfield, teaches the readers life lessons vicariously through his experiences. Throughout this sixteen year old's weekend alone in New York City he goes through many struggles that lead to his plummet to the ground. Holden has lived a very hard life which has built the character that he is. On the outside Holden appears to be an odd, sarcastic, and stubborn young man, but on a deeper level he is very damaged psychologically from his life experiences. This is why he never finishes anything he starts. Also when a challenge comes his way instead of being strong and trying to face it, Holden gives up or runs away. Even when a chance or hope comes along he does not act but rather bury's himself deeper in his hole. All of the problems however build up inside of him leaving him severely depressed. Slowly but surely this way of life along with the depression, is killing Holden. Mr. Antolini, a teacher from his old school tries to tell him that he is going down the wrong path in life and tries to set him on the right path. In attempts to do this he writes down a quotation from Wilhelm Stekel, hoping that it will give meaning and guidance to Holden. The quotation states, "'The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause while the mark of the mature man is that wants to live humbly for one'"(p. 188).

Mr. Antolini tells Holden this and while Holden is wanting to spend his life saving children on a cliff from the adult world, this reveals an immaturity--his death would do nothing for the children, who are losing their innocence, but a mature man would fight for a cause like saving the children from the negative aspects of our society. The message is clear that Holden could be a mature man and live humbly, but also a warning and a wake up call that as of now he is an immature man that is slowing dying.

Running away from problems instead of facing them is the reoccurring theme of Holden's life thus far. First Holden's brother, Allie, whom he loves and admires immensely, dies from leukemia at a very young age. Though it is certainly true that everyone deals with death in a different way, it is fair to say that to move on after a death one has to grieve in some way and have some sort of conclusion or goodbye. For many people a funeral and/or a wake is where the family and friends of the deceased are able to go and say goodbye to their loved one. The night of his brother's death Holden punches his garage windows with his bare fist sending him to the hospital. While he is in the hospital to heal his hand, he misses Allie's funeral. Because of this, he is not fully able to accept, deal with, nor move on from Allie's death. Later in the book Holden is walking down a street in New York talking aloud to Allie, and realizes that he does it a lot. This further shows how Holden has not accepted or fully grieved Allie's death, but rather stuck it inside of him and jumped from one thing to another to distract himself. After the death Holden basically gives up, though he is very intelligent, he does not apply himself in anyway whether it be to school, to sports, or even to people. He flunks out of and switches from one school to another, thinking that he is getting away from his problems, when really he is running closer and closer to his own death. To cover up his feelings he tries to do many things like drink a lot, smoke, go to bars, and even hire a prostitute, but almost every time something catches up to him and he ends up crying alone. Being the 'immature man', Holden does not look for a solution of any sort to move on and live his life, but rather gives up, pushes it aside, and covers up his true depression, only to further hurt and even kill the life inside of him.

As Mr. Antolini is trying to point out, Holden does have the intelligence and passion inside of him to potentially be a 'mature man'. The intentions and ideas in his head are very admirable, however his actions give him the image of being an immature man because they contradict his thoughts. Holden tells Phoebe that his dream job would be to be a catcher in the rye to save children from falling off a cliff. The falling off a cliff aspect represents when children loose their innocence and enter the adult world. Clearly, Holden has been knocked down and hurt in many ways in the adult world, and wants to spare innocent children from going through the hardships that he went through. Though he says that it is his dream to save those children his actions say otherwise. Throughout the book Holden jumps from points where he plans to run away to wanting nothing more than to be dead. These foolish attempts to run away reflect the immature man that Holden is. If he ran away or killed himself, not a thing would be done to help a child in the world on his account. His cause is to save children, and though he can't literally save children from entering adulthood, he could make efforts and contributions to make the adult world a more positive and less 'evil' place. The mature man would fight 'humbly' for his dream and goal by finding solutions and answers, but instead of taking action Holden only dreams in his mind and then gives up. If more people in this world had the courage to fight 'humbly' for their dreams, instead of just quietly wishing for change, many aspects of society would greatly improve.

In adherence to society, the comparison of the mature and immature man represents the difference between many men and women in contemporary society. For example, many say that soldiers, men and women, fighting for our country are so courageous and strong because they are willing to die for their country and a cause, but this is not the whole truth. Though the men and women indeed are taking a chance with their lives, their greatest triumph and strength is that they are making the choice to fight for something they believe in to make a difference no matter how small. This is why people should be envious and grateful of our soldiers. To connect this on a more personal level to myself and other teenagers, this quotation and theme of one man giving up while the other fights through relates to the many struggles of growing up. Suicide, sadly is a topic that is brought up a lot when dealing with high school and so on. To some it is an easy way out, when it seems like the only option, but no matter how big the problems are taking one's life is not the solution. Though the hardships seem unconquerable and overwhelming the real strength comes from facing and overcoming the problems instead of giving up.

History of the United States
Religious Literature

Where does Jonathan Edwards declare his purpose?

Jonathan Edwards declared his purpose in his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." He gave this sermon to a Calvinist congregation, and it was published on July 8, 1741.

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Names and Name Meanings

What is the plot of the story hope for the flowers by trina paulus?

You need to read the story .

Books and Literature
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Which religoin also has books as their hloy book?

Pokemon cheats ask me for it thank you


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