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Concise Encyclopedia of Language and Religion by John F. A. Sawyer, J. M. Y. Simpson, R. E. Asher

By John F. A. Sawyer, J. M. Y. Simpson, R. E. Asher

The Concise Encyclopedia of Language and faith offers the professional and the overall reader with exact, updated info on each point of the the most important interface among language and faith. quick access to fabric in over 320 articles by means of students in lots of fields is equipped either in a transparent thematic association, and by way of a entire and unique normal index. dialogue of many subject matters together with the production of distinct sacred scripts, spiritual calligraphy, and using spiritual symbols in meditation, magic and in different places, is enriched and elucidated through illustrations, diagrams and tables. The Concise Encyclopedia of Language and faith brings jointly articles and bibliographic entries drawn from the award-winning Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, all of which were revised and up-to-date effectively. those articles are supplemented by way of a lot of thoroughly new contributions, one among that is an in depth 12,500 observe article on 'Basic innovations and phrases in Linguistics', making this quantity available to a large viewers.

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There are also special studies of the Europeans' discovery of Sanskrit, Christian missionaries, the Summer Institute of Linguistics, and the role of computers in the modern study of language and religion. Finally, the biographical section contains over 100 short articles on religious leaders, missionaries, and theologians who have played a significant role in the history of language and linguistics, as well as linguists, orientalists, and philosophers who have played a significant role in the history of the study of religion.

At birth, or when a baby was named, the parents often expressed their religious beliefs by their choice of name. ' Such names express many different theological beliefs, concerning, for instance, the relationship between the bearer and the gods. Even if in the common daily use of language these meanings probably went unnoticed, personal names in the ancient near east were usually quite easy to decipher and generally reflected the language used by the name-giver(s). ' The name is an Akkadian loanword, spelled in cuneiform with the Sumerian sign for 'sun' (UTU).

He therefore concludes that what brings Africa together is a strong belief in African Traditional Religions the existence of a living God. It is on this concept that he believes one should speak of African Traditional Religion in the singular. This is where one also notices more interaction between religion and language. African Traditional Religion is oral. The first scholars of the religion were Christian missionaries who came to Africa with the intention to evangelise. They also came with the attitude that their culture and religion were superior.

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