any commentary which compares to Jainism & Buddhism?

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Unix | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Nov 17 2014 3:32 AM

I'm looking for commentary volumes or monographs that are a bit similar to commentaries, that have occasional comparisons to Jainism and Buddhism.
(Preferably title that are in Logos/Verbum or Accordance. I'm not going to use Kindle. Print will do.)
They don't have to be recent, although recent may sometimes be better.

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Fred Chapman | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 6:34 AM

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Jainism NEAR Buddhism

Choose to search everything and you will get titles from the Logos.com bookstore

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 8:58 AM

I know I don't have anything on this in my library. And I don't have L6.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 9:30 AM

The Encyclopedia of Christianity, vols. 1-5 Has very informative articles, but it is expensive.

New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (13 vols.) Actually has several very good articles including the development of these two schools of religious  thought and you may have picked it up in Community Pricing.

Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day may be you best bet for a quick inexpensive look at them as well as many other religions.

From the items in my Library these looked like the best options.

-Dan

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 9:35 AM

I have that one. Got it basically free used from a user here:

Dan Francis:
The Encyclopedia of Christianity, vols. 1-5 Has very informative articles, but it is expensive.


I didn't want it at the time:

Dan Francis:
New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (13 vols.) Actually has several very good articles including the development of these two schools of religious  thought and you may have picked it up in prePub.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 11:04 AM

this looks interesting... would you like me to post an excerpt?

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 11:04 AM

Jain, Jainism. Jainism is the religion of the Jain community and describes the way of life of those who follow the Jina (spiritual victors), human teachers who have attained infinite knowledge and preach the doctrine of moksha (liberation), also called tirthankaras (builders of the bridge across the road of suffering). One of India’s most ancient non-Vedic traditions, widely regarded as the earliest heterodox offspring of HINDUISM, Jainism is often confused with BUDDHISM with which it bears some superficial similarities. Down through the centuries the Jains, however, have succeeded in maintaining their distinctive identity and the integrity of their belief system and way of life within the highly accommodative climate of Hinduism.
Although the beginnings of Jainism are commonly associated with Vardhamana Mahavira, who lived in the sixth century B.C., the Jain literature does not recognize him as founder or prophet, but as the twenty-fourth tirthankara. Jains today have deified him as the last and greatest savior with ideas of sinlessness and omniscience attributed to him. As a religious movement, Jainism seems to have arisen as a reaction to Brahminical Hinduism, and due to its rejection of the authority of the Vedas, is often perceived as a heresy of Hinduism. The Jaina system is opposed to the idea of God as a supreme personal being. The universe itself is regarded as uncreated and eternal, made up of eternal souls (jivas) and eternal elements (ajivas).
Jainism shares with Hinduism belief in karma (moral retribution) and samsara (transmigration of the soul), although these concepts are interpreted in highly fatalistic terms within the theoretical pessimism integral to the Jaina system. It thus posits a very negative view of life in which humanity is trapped within an essentially painful and evil cycle of human existence. Moksha (liberation) from bondage to this cycle of birth and death is through a process of fourteen stages of spiritual evolution, involving rigid, self-denying ascetic practices. The five great vratas (vows) prescribing these ascetic practices are: not to kill, not to lie, not to steal, to abstain from sexual intercourse, and to renounce all worldly attachments.
Ahimsa (nonviolence) is one of the central beliefs and practices of Jainism. This cardinal principle of Jainism received worldwide attention as the essential ethical basis of the Indian movement for national independence as articulated and practiced by its chief architect, Mahatma Gandhi, who was himself deeply influenced by Jain thought and values. The deep reverence for life among the Jain community is reflected in a lifestyle which includes strict vegetarianism and noninvolvement in vocations such as farming, cattle breeding, and the armed forces. Large numbers of them have thus turned to careers in finance, commerce, and banking, making them one of the wealthiest and most influential communities in India.
Although Jainism has a very limited following of about 4.5 million adherents and the vast majority of them live in India, its influence has been powerful and far-reaching. The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed the emergence of an enterprising and influential Jain diaspora in North America, Britain, Africa, and the Far East. The Jain concern for peace, vegetarianism, and the environment contributes to the movement’s universal appeal. The opportunity that Jainism presents for Christian missions is highlighted by the fact that there appears to be no specific Christian ministry directed toward the Jain community to date.
IVAN SATYAVRATA

Bibliography. C. Caillat, ER, VII:507–14; P. S. Jaini, The Jaina Path of Purification; S. Stevenson, Heart of Jainism; M. Tobias, Life Force: The World of Jainism.


A. Scott Moreau, Harold Netland, and Charles van Engen, Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, Baker Reference Library (Grand Rapids, MI; Carlisle, Cumbria, UK: Baker Books; A. Scott Moreau, 2000), 512.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 1:32 PM

Seems to have good articles but a little brief:

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Longer article http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/encyc06/Page_87.html but at a glance doesn't contrast to Christianity or "Gnosticism". I may be wrong though if I just read through it, although the deficit is that it was published before the Nag Hammadi finds which largely leaves that aspect out:

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 1:48 PM

You might try books.logos.com

https://books.logos.com/#q=Jainism%20NEAR%20Buddhism/3&content=/books/7239&tab=search

there are only a handful of books that fit your criteria there, but one or two look particularly good.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 1:56 PM

I found: The Unexpected Way: On Converting from Buddhism to Catholicism by Paul Williams.

Introduction to World Religions may complement on Jainism if there's a substantial amount of pages.

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 2:09 PM

Fredc:

Suggest library search

Jainism NEAR Buddhism

Choose to search everything and you will get titles from the Logos.com bookstore

This post deserves more acclaim.  This method of searching for a book is really cool.  

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James Hiddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 2:13 PM

Dan Francis:

The Encyclopedia of Christianity, vols. 1-5 Has very informative articles, but it is expensive.

New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (13 vols.) Actually has several very good articles including the development of these two schools of religious  thought and you may have picked it up in Community Pricing.

Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day may be you best bet for a quick inexpensive look at them as well as many other religions.

From the items in my Library these looked like the best options.

-Dan

Would any of those resources explain the Muslim religion?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 2:15 PM

The Christian Community Bible and the Dalit Commentary are the only reliable resources that come to mind that are Christian commentaries/study Bibles. But I would think that monographs rather than commentaries are a more productive line of inquiry. There Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist by D. T. Suzuki is the classical starting point.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 2:16 PM

Christian Approaches to Other Faiths by Paul Hedges and Alan Race, 2008.
Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics (13 vols.) by James Hastings ... but it will take a long while before it comes out of CP.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 2:22 PM

Suspect Hastings will come out sooner rather than later. It was included in L6 Diamond and Portfolio packages.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 2:28 PM

This doesn't seem to address the religions but it may be a cheap complement in other ways, on a monthly sale 41% off right now: The New Hermeneutic by Cornelius Van Til, 1974.
I'm searching the Store for "the study of religion".

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Suspect Hastings will come out sooner rather than later.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 2:36 PM

As Below, So Above: Apocalypticism, Gnosticism and the Scribes of Qumran and Nag Hammadi by Glen Fairen, 2013.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 2:56 PM
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Milestone Documents of World Religions (Hardback), Salem Press Inc, United States, 2011. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 279 x 216 mm. Language: English Brand New Book. The fifth publication in the award-winning, critically acclaimed Milestone Documents series, Milestone Documents of World Religions examines 100 key sacred texts and foundational documents of the world s primary religions, from ancient times to the present, providing researchers with a fresh perspective on how critical religious texts have influenced both the past and the present. Plus, complimentary online access is provided through Salem History.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 4:49 PM

If you're really interested in Jainism and Buddhism in relationship to Gnosticism, you should be looking at Perennial Philosophy type sources  Jacob Needleman and Frithjof Schuon come to mind. I generally recommend original documents only after a sufficient introduction to provide a framework for understanding or in conjunction with a study guide or teacher to provide that format. http://www.sacred-texts.com/jai/sbe22/sbe2203.htm will give you a sample of the Jaina Sutras. The Buddhist material (and beliefs) are more diverse.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Nov 17 2014 5:14 PM

Thanks MJ., that sounds like something to engage in on a serious level! Big Smile It's so great to find an area to study and to hear there are resources. Will eventually get some of those top-notch ones, instead of getting several of the other ones which were suggested in this thread.
Can't get much right now as I'm just placing a huge order US$1,159.17 on a maximally 60-day payment plan in which I tried to include a couple of titles. In addition to that having this on a separate payment plan: Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library (29 vols.) bought on the first day of the L6 launch for me and my friend who will research with me (whom I found at uni) (got the Collection for $599.95 plus the payment plan costs and Paideia New Testament Commentaries (11 vols.) also on the payment plan for him, the latter on the first day of Pastor Appreciation Month Sale) - I had a few of the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library and Paideia volumes since before but in this case dynamic pricing didn't apply as these were with a separate account and there didn't seem to be a discount on top of dynamic pricing on Anchor Reference when I checked after the phone-only sale was over.

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