Lecture 9_RS145

Lecture 9_RS145 - RS145 Lecture 4/30/09 Midterm: 7 pages-2...

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RS145 Lecture 4/30/09 Midterm: 7 pages—2 3.5 page essays. 1) On scripture and the relational approach to the study of scriptures (William Graham and Wilfred Cantwell Smith—both articles in reader!) What is being produced by the Quran? How is the relational approach important?—Use examples from readings and lecture—restoring the biblical text to scripture 2) The 4 levels of Veda—the Vedic rituals and how they retain the cosmic order—the role of the rishies —the importance of interpretation of the meaning—practices in the role in which they are recited (Read chapter 3 in Veda and Torah book—and the role of the Rishes in the in the RVeda, also chapter 5—also read the Veda and Torah article in reader) Veda blueprint of creation: The 4 Levels of VEDA: 1) The Word (Brahman)—inner essence—knowledge, also the sounds of the Veda are said to constitute the Brahman and it is embodied as word and sound 2) 3) DIVINE LANGUAGE (speech) –blueprint of creation—expression of Brahman—Mt. Veda—
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Lecture 9_RS145 - RS145 Lecture 4/30/09 Midterm: 7 pages-2...

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