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Encyclopedia of world scriptures
Snodgrass, Mary Ellen.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 302 pages : illustrations, map ; 29 cm
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BL70 .S56 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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The most sacred and influential writings the world has recorded are covered A-Z in this encyclopedia. The entries include works from the cities of Mecca, Jerusalem, Rome, Delphi and Salt Lake City; from the Indus Valley and the American West, from classical China, Egypt and Greece.

Author Notes

Mary Ellen Snodgrass was born on February 29, 1944 in Wlimington, North Carolina. She is an award-winning author of textbooks and general reference works, and a former columnist for the Charlotte Observer. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Appalachian State University, and holds degrees in English, Latin, psychology, and education of gifted children. She teaches English and Latin at Lenoir Rhyne University. In addition to her membership on the North Carolina Library Board, she serves the N.C. Humanities Commission as a traveling lecturer. She has also held jobs as a freelance writer for the Charlotte Observer along with being a columnist, and book reviewer for them. She has also worked on the Canadian Medical Association Journal, American Guidance Service, American Reference Books Annual and Cliffs Notes along with being a professor of Latin and English, Lenoir Rhyne University, 2008-2010. Her works include Michel Faber and Feminism: The Neo-Gothic Novel, Leslie Marmon Silko, The Civil War Era and Reconstruction: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History, and World Food.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

As this is the first reference book to bring together information about the major sacred texts of the world in one volume, it would be nice to offer a hearty recommendation. Snodgrass (coauthor, A Multicultural Dictionary of Literary Terms) presents introductions to and summaries of 27 works or collections of works accepted by various religious traditions as normative or authoritative, including the Bible, Black Elk Speaks, the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, Zen koans, and the Koran. Though much here can be read profitably, significant weaknesses affect the book's usefulness. There are obviously inaccurate statements, such as "Jesus urges the disciple to...feed him fish and honeycomb" and "Readers and theologians revere the finished work [the Authorized Version of the English Bible] into current times as the King James Bible (or KJB)." In fact, there is no mention of honeycomb in the last chapter of Luke (to which the author refers), and the Authorized Version is also known as the King James Version (KJV). A "Time Line of World Scriptures" near the end of the volume contains questionable entries, e.g., the canonization of the Pentateuch in 400 B.C.E. and the Apostle Paul as the author of Hebrews. In addition, the glossary omits several possible "crucial and recurrent terms," including Torah, gospel, epistle, and Sadducee (though Essene and Pharisee are listed). Thus, the best one can do is offer a qualified recommendation and urge a revision. Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.