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Dictionary of all scriptures and myths (1923)

by George Arthur Gaskell

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If ever there was an instance of a book you should not judge by its cover, this is it. Read the blurbs and you would be inclined to think that it is an encyclopedia of the beliefs of various faiths, and of the practices and of the gods and goddesses involved.

That is, essentially, a lie.

All of those practices and deities are mentioned -- and assigned some absurd spiritual meaning. According to the book, Zeus is "A symbol of the Higher Self" -- but in fact Zeus is the boss in Greek mythology. Midgard is not "A symbol of the mind or mental plane"; it's the mortal world in Eddic mythology.

The book contains occasional useful quotations from ancient and recent authorities. But the interpretations are about as sensible as a fever dream. If you are an empiricist in any degree at all, flatly, don't go near this piece of absurdity. ( )
1 vote waltzmn | Oct 28, 2014 |
What can you truly say about this book? It's an Encyclopedic Dictionary. Plot, storyline, and the desire to hold your attention IS NOT it's theme.
As an Encyclopedia, it has a wide variety of entries, most of them are fairly long.
Would have to study both the book and the God/dess they are speaking of to be able to judge the accuracy of their information.
Maybe someday, but not today.
The rating I gave it is based on the ability of the book to hold your interest, NOT the quality of the information which appears to deserve **** ( )
  dragonasbreath | Jul 21, 2012 |
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"Unless we learn to understand this metaphorical or hieroglyphic language of the ancient world, we shall look upon the Upanishads and on most of the Sacred Books of the East as mere childish twaddle."

~ Max Müeller
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FOREWORD
In this Dictionary, the ancient doctrine of Verbal Inspiration is restored to its pristine position in the study of the Scriptures.
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This Dictionary of the Sacred Language claims to give the true solution of the age-long problem of the origin, nature and meaning of the Scriptures and Myths which are attached to the various religions of the world.
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This dictionary of more than five thousand words and phrases of the Sacred Language provides a complete, authoritative reference guide to the symbolism and terms of world religions. Every Scripture and every myth is defined with a clarity that defied misunderstanding. And, perhaps even more important, this dictionary treats the intentions of the original writers. No other book deals as broadly and as completely with religious concepts as literature. And for each term the Dictionary of All Scriptures and Myths includes:

  • Clear explanations of the symbolism of ancient and modern religious words and phrases
  • Numerous quotations from authoritative sources
  • Thoughtful descriptions of the meaning of the terms and how they are used in myths and Scriptures
  • A complete cross reference


This comprehensive book gives lucid and penetrating analyses of all the important terms in the Sacred Language. You will also discover which symbols have double meanings, what they are and how symbols vary from religion to religion, from country to country.
Of special value to anyone who is interested in the study of comparative religions are the quotations form authorities on each subject. Under the phrase "Image of God" for example, there are quotations from such sources as the Bible, Thomas Aquinas, Harnack's History of Dogma G.T. Ladd's Philosophy of Religion, and C. Taylor's Sayings of the Jewish Fathers.
The discovery of a metaphorical language underlying all sacred Scriptures prompted G A Gaskell to compile this dictionary, which gives a more complete knowledge of man's inner nature and the purpose of his life on earth than was ever before possible. The light this book sheds on the sacred writings and their relationship to mythology will be of great help to clergy and laymen, teachers and students of comparative religion, as well as to anyone who wishes to attain a better understanding of the foundations of the various religions of the world.
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This invaluable reference guide to more than five thousand words and phrases of the sacred language will enhance any home library.

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