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Sacred Text

Definition of the noun sacred text

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noun

  1. writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of sacred text: religious text / religious writing / sacred writing
    • more generic terms: piece of writing / writing / written material = the work of a writer
    • more specific terms:
      • sacred scripture / scripture = any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group
      • Christian Bible / Holy Scripture / Word of God / Good Book / Holy Writ / Scripture / Bible / Book / Word = the sacred writings of the Christian religions
      • Paralipomenon = an obsolete name for the Old Testament books of I Chronicles and II Chronicles which were regarded as supplementary to Kings
      • Testament = either of the two main parts of the Christian Bible
      • evangel / Gospels / Gospel = the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings
      • Synoptic Gospels / Synoptics = the first three Gospels which describe events in Christ's life from a similar point of view
      • prayer = a fixed text used in praying
      • service book = a book setting forth the forms of church service
      • Apocrypha = 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical
      • wisdom literature / sapiential book / wisdom book = any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom
      • Pseudepigrapha = 52 texts written between 200 BC and AD 200 but ascribed to various prophets and kings in the Hebrew scriptures
      • Talmudic literature = ancient rabbinical writings
      • Vedic literature / Veda = any of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism written in early Sanskrit
      • mantra = literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism
      • psalm = any sacred song used to praise the deity
    • instances:
      • Granth Sahib / Adi Granth / Granth = the principal sacred text of Sikhism contains hymns and poetry as well as the teachings of the first five gurus
      • Zend-Avesta / Avesta = a collection of Zoroastrian texts gathered during the 4th or 6th centuries
      • Bhagavad-Gita / Bhagavadgita / Gita = the sacred `song of God' composed about 200 BC and incorporated into the Mahabharata
      • Mahabharatam / Mahabharatum / Mahabharata = a sacred epic Sanskrit poem of India dealing in many episodes with the struggle between two rival families
      • Pentateuch / Torah / Laws = the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit
      • Torah = the whole body of the Jewish sacred writings and tradition including the oral tradition
      • Hebrew Scripture / Tanach / Tanakh = the Jewish scriptures which consist of three divisions--the Torah and the Prophets and the Writings
      • Prophets / Nebiim = the second of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
      • Hagiographa / Writings / Ketubim = the third of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures
      • Book of Mormon = a sacred text revealed to Joseph Smith in 1830 by an ancient prophet Mormon
      • al-Qur'an / Koran / Quran / Book = the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
      • Gemara = the second part of the Talmud consisting primarily of commentary on the Mishna
      • Mishnah / Mishna = the first part of the Talmud
      • Upanishad = a later sacred text of Hinduism of a mystical nature dealing with metaphysical questions
      • Psalm = one of the 150 lyrical poems and prayers that comprise the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament

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Google previewA Dictionary of the Sacred Language of All Scriptures and Myths (Routledge Revivals) (2016)

by G Gaskell

The “sacred text ” is the message of love and truth indelibly written within the human soul. GLASS See Ahura-mazda, Gilgoolem, Mountain, Re-incarnation, Religion, Sacred text, Wheels. GIVING A CUP OF WATER Significant of presenting ...

Google previewGlobal Dictionary of Theology (2009)

A Resource for the Worldwide Church by William A. Dyrness, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

Affirmation and denial go hand-in-hand in an attempt to defend and protect the sacred text of any worldly, overly broad or liberal interpretations. What nonfundamen- talists consider merely as context (human experience and history) , the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Monasticism (2013)

by William M. Johnston

One literally “chewed over” the sacred text to savor and digest it. With the convenient duplication of the printed word (especially through printing), lectio came to be understood as a silent reflection on the scriptures done by monks in solitude.

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