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Scripture serves a variety of roles in the spiritual life of a religious community. There are three major functions of scripture in a religion: personal guidance and inspiration, communal worship and instruction, and bibliomancy using scripture for magical purposes. Though limited literacy and primitive copying methods prevented the widespread dissemination of religious texts for many centuries, scripture has always had a personal aspect—at least, for those with access to it.
In modern times, with the promotion of literacy and the advent of printing and telecommunications many individuals are able to experience the scriptures from their own traditions first hand. Following the greater access allowed by the advent of the printing press, most religious traditions now place a great emphasis on devotional reading of religious texts. For example, an individual relationship with the Qur'an has always been a focal point for practicing Muslims. A hafiz "memorizer" or "protector" is one who has committed the entire Qur'an to memory.
Though this skill is of great use within a communal setting, it cannot be achieved without a great personal commitment. The community also sees it as a great act of personal piety. The Lutheran insistence on "sola scriptura" by scripture alone highlighted the individual's perceived need for scripture in the faith of a Christian. In many religious communities scripture forms the basis for their social, legal and moral codes of conduct, as well as providing instruction on rituals and rites of passage. Scripture also serves as the foundation of law for some religious communities.
The Qur'an and the hadith traditions are outstanding examples of scripture used as the foundation of law Sharia in Islam, as is the Torah of Judaism. In both cases we find rules for the proper conduct of the pious, including but not limited to the treatment of spouses, children, the poor and enemies.
The Vinaya writing of Buddhism also fulfills a similar role, serving as rules for those who are practicing within a monastic community. The use of scripture for magical ends has been widespread amongst the world's religions, though often times not sanctioned by governing bodies or the clergy. Frequently, scriptures have been pored over for secret information encoded in a myriad of different ways, likely unrelated to the text that appears in plain sight. Those searching for secret messages are confident of the divine nature of the book, even the information that appears for everyone to see; however, they also believe that in the divine creation of scripture, secrets are planted in the text for the devout to discover.
This is found in the Jewish Kabbalah tradition, which attempts to reveal mystical messages hidden in the Hebrew Bible. In recent times there has been a surge of bibliomancy in Christian and Muslim circles, each with their own re-examination of scriptures. Most notable is the "Bible Code" phenomenon, in which passages from the Hebrew Bible are arranged in a pre-determined way often a specific number of characters per line, without spaces and checked for key words, found by counting letters at certain intervals. Both the number of characters per line and the intervals at which letters are counted are manipulated, often requiring a computer to handle the multitude of calculations.
Sometimes the alleged Bible Code is used for predicting future events. Thus, attitudes to sacred texts differ between religious traditions, and can change within a faith group. Some religions make written texts widely available, while others hold that sacred teachings must remain hidden from all but the loyal and the initiate. Some religions make texts available gratis or in subsidized form; others require payment.
The Guru Granth Sahib of Sikhism always appears with standardized page numbering while the Abrahamic religions and their offshoots favor chapter and verse pointers. Scripture plays the central role in the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism , Christianity, and Islam that have been called "religions of the book. Christian tradition attributes the canonical gospels to disciples of Jesus.
In Hinduism , the Vedas are thought to have been recorded by rishis. Though all these traditions accept that their texts were recorded by human hands, they also believe that these works are in some way "heavenly books. The Qur'an is believed to be of complete divine origin, recited by Muhammad after having it revealed to him by the angel Gabriel. The Vedas of Hinduism are not thought to have been composed by the rishis, but rather heard. The Buddhist tradition sees the power of their scripture in its insight into the nature of reality.
The Tanakh is an example of a collection of scriptures written at different times by different authors in different locations. However, the various writings are thought to be equally inspired by God , and thus are said to have unity in spirit and consistency. Within Judaism there is also a strong oral tradition, preserved in the Talmud ; however, there is disagreement within the Jewish community as to the importance of the Talmud.
The Talmud is made up of the Mishnah , the recorded oral law, and the Gemara , commentaries on the Mishnah. Another work sometimes recognized as scripture in Judaism is the Zohar , a collection of mystical writings used in Kabbalah.
The New Testament is a collection of writings by early Christians, comprised of narratives, letters and apocalyptic writings. Among Christian denominations there is some disagreement about the contents of the canon, primarily in the Apocrypha , a list of works that, though not considered fully scriptural in any major Christian denomination, are regarded with varying levels of respect. As well, there exists a group of somewhat unrelated works known as the Pseudopigrapha—texts whose authorship is attributed wrongly to others.
Attitudes towards the Bible also vary amongst Christian groups. Roman Catholics , Orthodox, and many Protestant groups stress the harmony and importance of scripture and tradition, while other Protestant churches focus on the idea of sola scriptura, or scripture alone. This concept arose during the Protestant Reformation , and many Evangelical groups today continue to support the use of scripture as the only source of Christian teaching.
The central scripture of Islam is the Holy Qur'an , which was recorded in the seventh century C. Islamic tradition holds that the Qur'an existed in its same form in heaven before its revelation to humanity by the angel Gabriel through Muhammad. There is a great deal of importance attached to the integrity of the Qur'an, especially the degree to which the original text has been preserved over the centuries.
Additionally, the ahadith the Arabic pluralization of hadith , which record the words and actions of the prophet Muhammad, is another revered text in Islam. However, the hadith are not considered as authoritative as the Qur'an. Muslims also recognize the Hebrew and Christian Bibles as scriptural, but corrupted by humanity over time, and not maintaining the purity of the Qur'an. Hinduism is a broad and vast religion, both in terms of beliefs and time. There is a great deal of material, both oral and written, that is considered scriptural in the Hindu traditions.
The oldest and most authoritative scriptures in Hinduism are called the Vedas , meaning "Wisdom texts. Each of the Samhitas is further connected to commentaries that elucidate these works known as the Brahmanas and Aryanakas.
The highest or ultimate teachings of this corpus are known as the Upanishads , which are of great importance philosophically, and thus classified as "Vedanta" culmination of the Vedas. The entire collection of Vedic texts is classified in Hinduism as shruti , meaning "heard wisdom. In addition to the Vedic "shruti" scriptures, several other Hindu writings are revered as scripture.