The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad as Religious Founders

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David Noel Freedman, Michael J. McClymond
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001 - 702 pages
A fascinating look at the founders of the world's main religions. The major religious traditions of the world owe their existence to the vision of an ancient founder. This important volume explores the lives of the five founders of major world religions-Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad-chronicling what is actually known of these charismatic men and introducing readers to the cultural and religious worlds that heard their messages. Readers in predominantly Christian lands, in addition to learning about the lives of Confucius, Buddha, and Muhammad- whom they might not be familiar with- will also be introduced to modern research now casting fresh light on the careers of Moses and Jesus. Whether studied individually or in comparison with one another, these biographies, together with a chapter on the characteristics of religious leadership, chart the spiritual rivers that continue to feed the diversity of religious expression today.

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The Rivers of Paradise
1
Moses Torah and Judaism
11
Buddhisms Founder in Ten Acts
121
Confucius
233
Jesus
309
Muhammad
457
Prophet or Loss? Reassessing Max Webers Theory of Religious Leadership
613
Responses to McClymonds Prophet or Loss?
659
Contributors
682
Index
685
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David Noel Freedman (1922-2008) was a prolific, influential biblical scholar and the longtime holder of an endowed chair in Hebrew biblical studies at the University of California, San Diego. Michael J. McClymond is professor of modern Christianity at Saint Louis University. His other books include The Devil's Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism.

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