13. Sacred Text

  1. Randall L. Nadeau
  1. Thomas Jansen

Published Online: 14 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444361995.ch13

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions

How to Cite

Jansen, T. (2012) Sacred Text, in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions (ed R. L. Nadeau), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444361995.ch13

Editor Information

  1. Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190312

Online ISBN: 9781444361995

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Keywords:

  • sacred text, Chinese Word for “Sacred Text”;
  • Confucian tradition, jing, the “five classics” or shisan jing;
  • the Written Word, wen, behavior beyond moral obligations;
  • canonization and religious Identity;
  • “sacred text,” “scripture,” and “classic,” used synonymously;
  • scripture and self-referentiality, in Chinese scriptures;
  • religion and society, intertwined in China;
  • ritual context, of the Longhua baojuan, or sacred texts

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Chinese Word for “Sacred Text”

  • The Ascendance of the Written Word in China

  • The Oral and the Written

  • Canonization and Religious Identity

  • “Sacred Text,” “Scripture,” or “Classic”?

  • The Protestant Bias

  • Approaches to the Study of “Sacred Text”

  • The Ritual Context of the Longhua baojuan

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading