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Bowker, John 1935-

Works: 139 works in 791 publications in 16 languages and 27,782 library holdings
Genres: Handbooks and manuals  Dictionaries  Reference works  Introductions  Comparative studies  Sacred works  Conference papers and proceedings  History  Encyclopedias  Commentaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Compiler, Contributor, Honoree, Originator, ed
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Most widely held works by John Bowker
World religions by John Bowker( Book )

51 editions published between 1996 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World Religions is a refreshing new approach to understanding different faiths. Detailed annotations of stunning illustrations provide intriguing insights into the world's most important religions - offering a deeper appreciation of the beliefs central to each. World Religions looks at the beliefs and practices of many different religions, from the ancient Egyptians through to Zoroastrianism - the oldest "living" religion - and the great faiths practiced today. Each of
The Oxford dictionary of world religions by John Bowker( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 2,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Oxford Dictionary of World Religion is the most wide-ranging A-Z reference guide to all aspects of the world's religions past and present. Whether the reader seeks quick, accessible answers from the short entries or more detailed discussion from the longer more discursive articles, it offers a wealth of unrivalled and unbiased authoritative detail. With a total of over 8,200 entries, an extensive topic index, and an original and in-depth introductory essay this new dictionary, drawing on the latest research, is the definitive compendium on the subject." "Religions; movements, sects, and cults; texts books; individuals; sacred sites; customs; themes on general topics relevant to all religions such as prayer, biogenetics, asceticism, confession, cosmology, art and architecture, music and dance; accessible reference hundreds of quotations many translated specially for this book; and a topic index listing 13,000 entries on major themes such as Brahman, breathing, death beliefs and rituals, heavens and paradises, kami, mandala, mantra, mysticism, Sufism, yoga, and Zen practice."--Jacket
The complete Bible handbook by John Bowker( Book )

46 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in 8 languages and held by 1,516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Internationally renowned author and professor John Bowker leads a team of experts in providing the perfect way to explore the Bible. Photographs of paintings, sculptures, and ancient archaeological sites reveal fascinating information about life in biblical times, including festivals, fashions, and customs. 1,500+ illustrations
The sacred neuron : extraordinary new discoveries linking science and religion by John Bowker( )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do we think that things happen in the way that they do? Why do we think that some things are true and others false? These are some questions that have puzzled thinkers. Citing research which suggests that the questions deserve different answers, this book shows that reason and emotion work much more closely together
The Cambridge illustrated history of religions( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 1,398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge illustrated history of religions provides a comprehensive survey of world religions from pre-history to the present day. Each religion is treated in depth, with text written by an acknowledged academic expert supported by lavish illustration. Images have been carefully chosen to complement the text. There are special box features and spreads. The religions covered include Jainism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Hindu religions, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, along with smaller sections on Zoroaster and Parsis, Greece and Rome, Egypt and Mesopotamia, aboriginal religions, Shamanism, and modern religions such as Bahai. The book includes a substantial bibliography, a full chronology for each section, a general chronology giving the most significant dates from all religions, and information on religious phenomena such as festivals and calendars. This is an authoritative reference book in an attractive format which will appeal equally to students of religion, teachers, and general interested readers
God : a brief history by John Bowker( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and Czech and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of God cannot possibly be told. How can you write the history of One who is outside time and space, and who has no beginning and no end? Nevertheless, the desire to understand and experience the divine is a fundamental human need. For billions of people, through many millennia, the quest to answer the basic questions of existence -- Why are we born? What will happen to us when we die? and how should we live out lives? -- has become a search for God. A brief history of God explores the myriad ways in which humans have sought connection to the divine from the dawn of history to the present -- not just through religion and philosophy, but in art and literature, in music and dance, and in science
The message and the book : sacred texts of the world's religions by John Bowker( )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This survey of the sacred writings of the major religions of the world offers an introduction to the ideas and beliefs upon which great faiths are built. Under the expert guidance of the author, a religious scholar, readers explore the key texts of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi, Confucian, Daoist, and Shinto traditions. The author discusses some four hundred books, among them such well-known sacred texts as the Bible and the Quran, but also spiritual writings by theologians, philosophers, poets, and others. He provides commentary on each text, describing the content and core tenets of the work and quoting pertinent passages. He also sets the writings in religious and historical contexts, showing how they have influenced, and in many cases continue to influence, artistic, musical, literary, and political traditions. This book's primary focus is to teach the meaning and significance of primary religious texts of civilizations around the globe
Rites of passage by Themes in Religious Studies( )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Picturing God by Jean Holm( )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addressing important issues of the day, this series examines how each of the eight major religions approaches a particular theme. Constructed to be comparative, the books are both authoritative and accessible. Each chapter is followed by a selected bibliography. Individual books are ideal for students at university and A level. As a set they form a complete reference collection
Knowing the unknowable : science and religions on God and the Universe by John Bowker( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores that special territory perceived by Albert Einstein: where the unknown takes over from everything that is understandable, familiar, explicable. And that interface between known and unknown is of the very greatest importance: it lies at the heart of the human quest to take knowledge beyond the boundaries of the known. It is what scientists do when they undertake their research, from the trajectories of comets to the replication of cells. But it is also what religious people do when they start to explore their spirituality, and their relationship with what they perceive to be the divine. This mutual effort to 'know the unknowable' is a profoundly important way in which human beings explore the limits of themselves, as well as of the universe. It is best understood not as a roadblock, or a frustrating dead end, but rather as an invitation to fresh marvels and mystery."--Jacket
Problems of suffering in religions of the world by John Bowker( Book )

34 editions published between 1970 and 2003 in English and Japanese and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comparative general study of the problems of suffering as treated by Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Marxism, Hinduism and Buddhism
The concise Oxford dictionary of world religions by John Bowker( Book )

54 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Abridged from the acclaimed Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, this dictionary contains over 8,200 clear, concise entries on all aspects of religion. Written by an expert team of contributors, the volume also contains an extensive topic index grouping entries under themes, and an in-depth introductory essay."--Page 4 of Cover
The meanings of death by John Bowker( Book )

39 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While recognising the limitations of a book about death, where words are sometimes used which cannot bear the weight, John Bowker here puts forward, with integrity and honesty, a compelling case for the creative significance of death, and shows how value and dignity can be maintained at the limits of life without an illusory search for compensation. The author's view is that the religious exploration of death has nothing to do (as has often been maintained) with the projection of compensating paradises to those who cannot face the reality of oblivion; it has everything to do, however, with the affirmation of value, right up to the boundary of death. By examining the themes of sacrifice and friendship, in both eastern and western contexts, Bowker argues that in both these themes there are points of vital contact with secular understandings of death, and that religious and secular interpretations can reinforce and support one another in the human response to death. A recovery of the value of death, the author maintains, is important for all of us, not least in how we come to react to bereavement and in the treatment of the terminally ill in hospital and hospice work. 'Bowker shows, in a way which is impressive and moving, that death is integral to life, and that the acceptance of one's own death can be seen as a positive acceptance of the larger life of the universe' - John Hick
What Muslims believe by John Bowker( Book )

27 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and Dutch and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a diversity of opinions and perspectives on various topics, from the Qur'an to the role of women in Islam. Includes the Five Pillars and Seven Articles of Faith, information about Holy War, the status of Christians, Hindus, Bahais and the Ahmadiyya. Also includes education and the Qur'an and secular World-View as it relates to Islam
The sense of God; sociological, anthropological, and psychological approaches to the origin of the sense of God by John Bowker( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 1995 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus and the Pharisees by John Bowker( Book )

24 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The main part of this book brings together the most important Greek and Semitic source material in translation ... The author shows that the Pharisees were far from constituting a static, uniform sect, and that they had an important history of their own
The Targums and Rabbinic literature : an introduction to Jewish interpretations of scripture by John Bowker( Book )

32 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Targums are interpretative translations of the Hebrew text of the Bible which originated in Synagogue teaching, where an interpretation of the Hebrew text had to be given orally for the benefit of non-Hebrew speaking congregations. Over the centuries, a loose 'Targum Tradition' began to form and the written Aramaic Targums can best be understood as crystallizations of the Targum tradition at different points of time. In the first part of this book the author examines the emergence and development of Jewish exegesis and the importance of the Targums. Bearing in mind that Jewish and rabbinic material is being increasingly applied to problems of Christian origins, he provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject (referring to the texts and translations most readily available) with emphasis on recent work and discoveries. The second part of the book gives actual material in translation, showing how Jewish exegesis arrived at its interpretations of Scripture
The religious imagination and the sense of God by John Bowker( Book )

17 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why religions matter by John Bowker( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What are religions? Why is it important to understand them? One answer is that religions and religious believers are extremely bad news: they are deeply involved in conflicts around the globe; they harm people of whom they disapprove; and they often seem irrational. Another answer claims that they are in fact extremely good news: religious beliefs and practices are universal and so fundamental in human nature that they have led us to great discoveries in our explorations of the cosmos and of who we are. The sciences began as part of that religious exploration. John Bowker demonstrates that there is truth in both answers and that we need both to understand what religion is and why it matters. He draws on many disciplines - from physics, genetics and the neurosciences to art, anthropology and the history of religions - to show how they shed entirely new light on religion in the modern world
Women in religion by Jean Holm( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book deals with the part women can/do play in religious institutions; how relevant religion is to their general role in society; and the significance of cultural influences for attitudes to women within the religious traditions. Includes: Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; Sikhism: Chinese Religions; Japanese Religions
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Bauker, Dzhon 1935-

Bowker, John.

Bowker, John 1935-

Bowker, John W.

Bowker, John W. 1935-

Bowker, John W. (John Westerdale), 1935-

Bowker John Westerdale

Bowker, John Westerdale 1935-

John Westerdale Bowker

Westerdale Bowker, John 1935-

Баукер, Джон 1935-

Джон Баукер

ボウカー, J.

ボウカー, ジョン

The Oxford dictionary of world religionsThe complete Bible handbookThe sacred neuron : extraordinary new discoveries linking science and religionThe Cambridge illustrated history of religionsGod : a brief historyRites of passagePicturing GodKnowing the unknowable : science and religions on God and the Universe