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Ancient Religious Texts

Can you help me add to what I know are ancient religious texts?

Bible (OT) - Jewish

Bible (OT & NT) - Christian

Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrines & Covenants - Mormon/LDS
(but these were written in the 19th Century, I think, so aren't 'ancient.')

Dead Sea Scrolls - Jewish (are they in the OT used by the Jews?)

The Ramayana of Valmiki (Is this the correct title?) - Hindu

I know think there are a lot more sacred writings for Hinduism, but I don't know their names. And, are they all bound together, like a collection, similar to the collection of books in the one Bible?

What other ancient religious texts/sacred scripture is there?

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Asked by flatlanderjenn at 5:18 PM on Nov. 21, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • This will save you a lot of time:

    It doesn't have all of them, but it has a basic selection for just about every religion, providing it has at least one English translation.  For example, a lot of the Norse Sagas aren't there, but the basic books - the Prose and Poetic Eddas, and some of the more common Sagas that have been translated.


    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:23 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • You can even go here ( ) and download a program/library that has Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist, Taoist, and Baha'i texts. :)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 5:33 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • A lot of ancient Pagan text were distroyed.

    Answer by pnwmom at 6:10 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • There's also the Quran/Koran. As pnwmom said, a lot of Pagan texts were destroyed. Many histories are found in stories passed down.

    Answer by _Tam_ at 11:48 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Dead Sea Scrolls included multiple scrolls with the Bible (OT & NT) on them.

    And I know it isn't ancient but Bullfinch's mythology is pretty good at explaining Roman mythology.

    You also have the books by Homer such as the Odyssey.

    Answer by purpleducky at 8:18 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Here's a link to ancient Hindu text that you can read online. Most of the translations are older translations. However, they (the one's I have read so far) are thorough and pretty concise.



    Answer by pixie_trix at 2:31 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • For the Christian texts, there are all of the books that fall under the New and Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudopigraphica as well as the "Early Christian Texts." They're probably all at too.

    The Mahabarata is the other major Hindu text. The Bhagavad Gita is part of it.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 7:40 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Tao te Ching for taoists...perhaps not sacred but certainly integral.

    Answer by BluDog at 7:49 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • There's also the Quran/Koran

    Geesh!  I'm so silly for forgetting to list this one.  Thanks.


    Comment by flatlanderjenn (original poster) at 9:58 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

  • You also have the books by Homer such as the Odyssey

    Interesting.  I didn't realize the Odyssey was a religious text.


    Comment by flatlanderjenn (original poster) at 9:59 PM on Nov. 23, 2010

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