Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions

Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Covers such topics as religious movements and concepts, historical figures, religious places, and divinities and supernatural characters

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This reference offers an introductory look into a broad range of topics on living and ancient religions, including what we now call myth and mythology. It includes 3,500 entries listed alphabetically, with 29 longer articles on major religions such as Judaism and Hinduism, and issues such as the study of religion or symbolism and iconography. Several plates of color photographs and hundreds of b&w illustrations provide fascinating visual images. This volume may be a welcome addition to a family library; however, it may not prove as useful to professionals due to its lack of depth and breadth (e.g. it does not include any mention of some major topics of religious importance, such as evangelism or conversion). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

"A beautifully designed volume that provides in-depth information about religions of the world. Features over 3,500 entries and 32 pages of color art and maps. Developed in cooperation with Encyclopædia Britannica."

Publisher: Springfield, MA : Merriam-Webster, c1999
ISBN: 9780877790440
Branch Call Number: R 200 MER
Characteristics: xvii. 1181 p. ill. (some col.) maps ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Merriam-Webster, Inc
Alternative Title: Encyclopedia of world religions


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