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Note: to search for books, articles, and background information about sacred texts, consult the Religious Studies subject page. Stay on this page for access to text content of various sacred texts.

Background Information
  • Religious Studies
    https://www.lib.umn.edu/subjects/rqs/182
    This subject covers: the spiritual history and practices of human beings from mythological times to the present. Other related subjects are Philosophy, and Middle East Studies.
  • Finding Primary Sources
    http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=1001028
    Sacred Books of the World Religions: Finding Primary Sources website from Indiana University provides useful strategies that can be applied successfully at the University of Minnesota.
  • Jewish Studies
    https://www.lib.umn.edu/subjects/rqs/345
    Study of Jewish culture, history, literature, languages and religion.
Collections of Texts
  • Sacred Texts: Sacred Books of the East (electronic)
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/sbe/index.htm
    electronic text conversion in process - The Sacred Books of the East (SBE) series, comprising fifty volumes, was issued by the Oxford University Press between 1879 and 1910. It has translations of key sacred texts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and Islam. The series was edited by the famous linguist Max Müller, who also produced many of the translations. The SBE has been designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works.
BUDDHISM
  • Sacred Texts: Buddhism
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/index.htm
    Internet Sacred Text Archive: section on Buddhism
CHRISTIANITY
  • Bible and Reference Sources about the Bible
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=936
    Print and online versions of the Bible, reference sources about the Bible, and precise MNCAT search strategies to find the exact records for Bible versions and related resources.
  • Bible--various versions
    Wilson stacks and Wilson Reference: call number range: BS185 - BS195
  • Various concordances to the Bible
    Wilson Reference BS425
  • Medieval Manuscript Leaves at U of M Rare Books
    http://special.lib.umn.edu/rare/msslist.phtml
    PRIMARY SOURCES: illustrated list of items in Andersen Library includes pages from Book of Hours, other liturgical sources, and pages of the Bible. Use control-F keystroke combination to search for and locate keywords in listings, e.g., "Bible leaf".
DEAD SEA SCROLLS (Judaism & Christianity)
  • Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls Bibliography
    http://orion.mscc.huji.ac.il/resources/bib/current.shtml
    "The Orion Center was established in 1995 as part of the Institute for Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    "Our web site provides many resources for the study of the Scrolls, as well as information about the Center's activities and programs."
  • Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/15599
    Featuring 450 articles by an international community of 100 distinguished scholars, the Encyclopedia is the definitive account of what we know about the scrolls: their history, relevance, meaning, and the controversies that surround them. The works are viewed in historical, linguistic, and religious contexts, with archaeological evidence providing a clear basis for dating and preservation of the manuscripts. Print version has two volumes. Online version available.
    • Location(s): Wilson Library Reference Quarto BM487 .E53 2000
    • Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=TWINCITIES&doc=umn_aleph004148047
  • Dead Sea Scrolls [bibliography]
    http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/back_dss.php
    A list of books about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Be sure to check MNCAT to see if the University of Minnesota Libraries own the book.
HINDUISM ISLAM
  • Essentials of Arabic Grammar for Learning Quranic Language
    gift; not yet processed (Aug. 2008) SG
  • Qur'an and Qur'anic Interpretation
    http://www.uga.edu/islam/quran.html#library
    University of Georgia professor Dr. A. Godlas Copyright 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Primary Sources for Islam
    https://journal.atla.com/ojs/index.php/theolib/article/viewFile/40/409
    link may download PDF from THEOLOGICAL LIBRARIANSHIP: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association 1:1 (June 2008).

    Main journal link: https://journal.atla.com/ojs/index.php/theolib

JAINISM
  • Sacred Texts of the Jains (Sacred Books of the East, vol. 22)
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/jai/index.htm
    Jaina Sutras, Part I
    (Sacred Books of the East vol. 22)
    Translated from the Prakrit by Hermann Jacobi, 1884
    Two Jain sacred texts, the Akaranga and Kalpa Sutras.
    Jaina Sutras, Part II
    (Sacred Books of the East vol. 45)
    Translated from the Prakrit by Hermann Jacobi, 1884
    Two Jain sacred texts, the Uttaradhyayana Sutra and Sutrakritanga.
    A Treatise on Jainism -- Ten Virtues Of Monks -- Twelve Reflections or Bhavnas -- Twelve Vows Of Layperson -- Fourteen Auspicious Dreams -- Five Bodies and Eight Vargnas -- Five Great Vows (Maha-vratas) -- Six Universal Substances (Dravyas)-- Meaning Of Ashta Prakari Puja -- Nine Tattvas (Principles) --
JUDAISM
  • Bible: Basic Reference Sources
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=936
    Print and online versions of the Bible, reference sources about the Bible, and precise MNCAT search strategies to find the exact records for Bible versions and related resources.
  • DEAD SEA SCROLLS
  • Book of Enoch
NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS TAOISM
  • Dao de Jing (Tao Te Ching) by Lao Tze
Other Sacred Books
  • SIKHISM
    • Sikhism: Shri Guru Granth Sahib
      http://www.sacred-texts.com/skh/granth/index.htm
      "The Granth is the central text of Sikhism, a religion that emerged in the Punjab region of India in the 15th Century. Sikhism is a unique faith which has aspects of Islam: monotheism and iconoclasm, and Hinduism: reincarnation, karma and nirvana. However Sikhism is distinct from Hinduism and Islam."
  • ZOROASTRIANISM
    • Zoroastrianism: The Avesta
Searching MNCAT using Subject Headings

Try these Library of Congress subject headings when you search for books in MNCAT Search Also Under: names of individual books, e.g., Avesta, Bible, Koran, Tripitaka, Vedas, and subdivision sacred books under names of religions and religious denominations, e.g., buddhism--sacred books--lcsh
  • Subject Headings:
    bhagavadgita
    bible--hebrew
    book of mormon
    buddhism--sacred
    cabala
    hinduism--sacred books
    koran
    talmud
    talmud--english
    tao te ching
    tripitaka
    vedas
  • Subject Subdivisions:
    Try these following headings for various sacred books
    Subjects with Subdivisions: examples:
    bible--canon
    talmud--geography
    bhagavadgita--commentaries
    cabala--history

    Other Subdivisions (try with any sacred text heading):
    --canon
    --chronology
    --commentaries
    --concordances
    --criticism interpretation etc
    --dictionaries
    --geography
    --hermeneutics
    --history
    --illustrations
    --introductions

  • Subject Headings for the Bible

    There are over 2,000 subject heading combinations for the Bible. The examples below show the format for some commonly used headings and subdivisions. Do a title search when you want a particular version or translation.
    Subject examples:
    bible o t psalms--paraphrases
    bible as literature
    bible german--versions--luther
    bible--versions

    Title examples:
    t=bible german
    t=bible n t greek
    Keyword examples:
    k=bible and atlas
    k=new testament and greek
    k=douai.ti.
    k=hebrew bible

    Subject and/or title examples:
    bible as literature
    bible english--versions
    bible english--versions--douai
    bible latin
    bible n t
    bible n t epistles of paul
    bible n t gospels
    bible n t greek
    bible n t luke
    bible o t
    bible o t apocrypha
    bible o t hebrew
    bible o t pentateuch
    bible o t ruth
    bible o t song of solomo


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