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How Books Matter: The Three Dimensions of Scriptures


 
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1. Title Title of document How Books Matter: The Three Dimensions of Scriptures - How and Why Books Matter
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Watts; Syracuse University; United States
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) religious texts; manipulation of books; presentation of books; performance of books; social value of books; books in society;books and hte media; scriptures; iconic texts; literacy
 
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Texts; Cultural Studies
 
6. Description Abstract The first chapter presents a model for understanding the ways in which scriptures function. Recent controversies over Ten Commandments monuments and desecrated Qur’ans involve the iconic function of scriptures. Yet traditional and modern scholarship on Jewish, Christian, or Muslim scriptures is ill-prepared to interpret these events because it has focused almost all its efforts on semantic interpretation. Even the increased attention to the expressive functions of scripture does not provide resources for understanding the iconic roles of scriptures. This chapter addresses that gap by theorizing the nature of scriptures as a function of their ritualization in three dimensions—semantic, expressive, and iconic. The model provides a way to understand how traditions ritualize scriptures and how they claim social power by doing so.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Jun-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/35882
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.35882
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; How and Why Books Matter
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd