An Anthology of Sacred Texts By and About Women

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An Anthology of Sacred Texts By and About Women

This now standard text offers engaging readings from a wide variety of sources by and about women. Designed for women's studies and religion courses everywhere.

Reviews and endorsements

"The work is large, substantial, well edited, [and] rich in its panoply of texts."
The Christian Century

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"A well-annotated, impartial anthology of key texts from world religions including the primitive, ancient, and esoteric alongside the living faiths of both Western and Eastern cultures...The excerpts are grouped by faiths and subclassified by type: sacred narratives, doctrines, rituals, institutional expressions, experience, and ethics...There are good bibliographies at the end of each selection."
A.L.A. Booklist

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“Highly recommended for all collections in feminist studies, religion and culture.”
WLW (Woman Library Workers) Journal

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“The scope of this fine resource makes it suitable as a reference or textbook but the depth and beauty of the selections as well as the judicious notes and references should have this work much sought after by women their voice and listening for their sister’s in the universal religious chorus. Recommended for its amplitude, grace and proportion.”
The Reader’s Review

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“An innovaite, ecumenical sourcebook. Readings from the world’s ‘big seven’-Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism-acoompany female-specific texts from the Near East, Greece, and Rove of antiquity, as well as from Northern European religions, shamanism, smaller tribal religions and more recent alternative movements.”
Publishers Weekly

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“[A] watershed work…The two features which make this anthology so distinctive are its cross-cultural emphasis and its hospitality to ‘the beliefs of the little tradition.’ Young’s first-class introduction emphasizes the themes which pervade the texts including wisdom as feminine, dualities, gender conflicts, goddesses, and the ideal woman.”
Values & Visions

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“The book is a wonderful small library in itself, giving the reader a taste of an incredible array of source material and providing a solid starting point for further study. It is clearly written and intelligently organized, with an extensive bibliography after each section, two helpful indexes, and a clear and thorough table of contents.”
Gnosis Magazine


“An essential text for the teaching of world religions. Serinity Young’s massive undertaking begins to restore gender balance to the study of religion. An interesting and valuable collection that will provoke questions and inspire research and study.”
Carol P. Christ, author of Laughter of Aphrodite

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“A book I plan to keep by my bedside at all times to provide me with a much-needed history and the reminder that we have not been alone in the wilderness.”
Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon

9780824514181
Paperback / 480 pages
Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 9 3/4
HERDER & HERDER, 1994