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Europe's Debt to Persia from Ancient to Modern Times

This book provides a fresh scholarly perspective on how, over the centuries, Persian kings and noblemen protected and sponsored the religious and intellectual heritage of both Judea and Greece alongside that of Persia itself. The book makes available, for the first time, portraits of the life, upbringing, education, and works of generations of ardently Hellenophile Persian thinkers and scientists, and it demonstrates the pivotal infl...

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Buddhist Monasticism in East Asia: Places of Practice

The area of Buddhist monasticism has long attracted the interest of Buddhist studies scholars and historians, but the interpretation of the nature and function of monasteries across diverse cultures and vast historical periods remains a focus for debate. This book provides a multifaceted discussion of religious, social, cultural, artistic, and political functions of Buddhist monasteries in medieval China and Japan. With contributions...

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Cosmic Journeys: My Out-of-Body Explorations With Robert A. Monroe

Explorers are known for the journeys they take, Rosie McKnight explored the vast nonphysical dimensions of consciousness. With famed out-of-body researcher Robert Monroe, she helped to further the understanding of human consciousness, and to demonstrate beyond doubt that we are more than our physical bodies. Many of these pioneering sessions are presented here almost word for word, as they were taped, along with her warm and inspirin...

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Open Heart, Open Mind: Awakening the Power of Essence Love

In Open Heart, Open Mind, Tsoknyi Rinpoche—one of the most beloved of the contemporary generation of Tibetan Buddhist meditation masters—explains that a life free of fear, pain, insecurity, and doubt is not only possible, it’s our birthright. We long for peace, for the ability to love and be loved openly and freely, and for the confidence and clarity to meet the various challenges we face in our daily lives. Within each of us resides...

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What Were the Crusades?, 4th edition

Few attempts had been made to define 'the crusade' before this book was first published in 1977. Since then, a number of historians have built on Jonathan Riley-Smith's original conclusions. Now in its fourth edition, this classic starting point for the study of the crusading movement has been updated to take into account the latest developments in the field.   What Were the Crusades? elucidates key ideas and institutions which ...

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The Food and Feasts of Jesus

The New Testament is filled with stories of Jesus eating with people—from extravagant wedding banquets to simple meals of loaves and fishes. The Food and Feasts of Jesus offers a new perspective on life in biblical times by taking readers inside these meals. Food production and distribution impacted all aspects of ancient life, including the teachings of Jesus. From elaborate holiday feasts to a simple farmer’s lunch, the book explor...

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Your Church in Rhythm

A gentle new way for church leader’s to survive stress and burnout Bruce Miller debunks the idea of balance—basically trying to have it all, all the time. Most churches and their pastors try to do everything at once and feel guilty if any one aspect (worship, ministries, outreach, etc.) is neglected. He replaces the exhausting concept of balance with the idea of rhythm: churches, like people, need to give attention to different progr...

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Religion in American History

This student–friendly introduction combines both thematic and chronological approaches in exploring the pivotal role religion played in American history – and of its impact across a range of issues, from identity formation and politics, to race, gender, and class. A comprehensive introduction to American religious history that successfully combines thematic and chronological approaches, aiding both teaching and learning Brings togeth...

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Armenian Apocrypha Relating to Angels and Biblical Heroes

Explore how the vivid and creative Armenian spiritual tradition shaped biblical stories to serve new needs Michael E. Stone's latest book includes texts from Armenian manuscripts that are relevant to the development and growth of biblical themes and subjects. Most of these texts have not been published previously. Stone has collected a fascinating corpus of texts about biblical heroes, such as Joseph and Jonah, Nathan the Prophet, an...

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Ritorno dall'aldilà. Saved by the light. La vera storia di un uomo morto due volte

Nel 1975 Dannion Brinkley fu colpito a morte da un fulmine e quando si risvegliò 28 minuti dopo nella camera mortuaria, niente era più lo stesso. Durante quei 28 minuti aveva penetrato il confine tra la vita e la morte, si era trovato al cospetto di 13 angeli che gli avevano svelato 117 rivelazioni sul futuro. Negli anni seguenti, 100 di queste anticipazioni si sono avverate. E in "Ritorno dall'aldilà", Dannion Brinkley condivide il ...