Books as Sacred Beings

Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings - James W Watts

James W Watts [+-]
Syracuse University
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James W. Watts is Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. He is the author of Understanding the Pentateuch as a Scripture (Wiley Blackwell, 2017) and the editor of Iconic Books and Texts (Equinox, 2013) and Sensing Sacred Texts (Equinox, 2018).

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In this volume an international team of scholars address the theme of books as sacred beings from an impressively diverse range of primary material and perspectives. Yet, as a group, they meld to engage and advance previous research to solidify the conclusion that human cultures, especially religious groups, often ritualize bodies as sacred books and books as divine beings. The studies collected here not only increase the range of examples of this phenomenon. They also show the wide variety of ways in which the identity of books, bodies and beings gets both ritualized and theorized. The articles are bracketed by an introduction to the collection, and then by a concluding essay that extrapolates the theme of books as sacred beings on a more general level.

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Watts, James. Books as Sacred Beings. Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781798850. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38099. Date accessed: 16 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38099. Oct 2020

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