Browse Princeton's Series (by Title) in Lives of Great Religious Books

Lives of Great Religious Books is a new series of short volumes that recount the complex and fascinating histories of important religious texts from around the world. Written for general readers by leading authors and experts, these books examine the historical origins of texts from the great religious traditions, and trace how their reception, interpretation, and influence have changed--often radically--over time. As these stories of translation, adaptation, appropriation, and inspiration dramatically remind us, all great religious books are living things whose careers in the world can take the most unexpected turns.

Published Books | Forthcoming | Original Texts | Reviews

Forthcoming Books:

  • The Analects of Confucius: A Biography
    --Annping Chin & Jonathan D. Spence
  • Josephus's The Jewish War: A Biography
    -- Martin Goodman
  • Dante's Divine Comedy: A Biography
    -- Joseph Luzzi
  • The Greatest Translations of All Time: A Biography of the Septuagint and the Vulgate
    -- Jack Miles
  • The Passover Haggadah: A Biography
    -- Vanessa Ochs
  • The Song of Songs: A Biography
    -- Ilana Pardes
  • The Daode Jing: A Biography
    -- James Robson
  • Rumi’s Masnavi: A Biography
    -- Omid Safi

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