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Teaching Interreligious Encounters$
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Marc A. Pugliese and Alex Y. Hwang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190677565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190677565.001.0001

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Introducing the Bhagavad Gītā as Theological Source Text

Introducing the Bhagavad Gītā as Theological Source Text

Text and Commentary, Teacher and Student

(p.220) 15 Introducing the Bhagavad Gītā as Theological Source Text
Teaching Interreligious Encounters

Jonathan Edelmann

Oxford University Press

The goal of this chapter is to provide an introduction to the context, the key terms, and some essential verses in the Bhagavad Gītā (BhG), a text that is indispensable to understanding the Hindu traditions of theology and culture, as well as Indian civilization more broadly. The BhG is used widely in core text programs, in introductions to world religion, and with increasing frequency in courses on comparative theology, with the goal to widen the understanding of students of religion and theology in a global context. The BhG can also be discussed as influential on modern American and European thought since it inspired people as diverse as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and the Wachowski Brothers.

Keywords:   Hinduism, religion, Bhagavad Gita, world religions, texts

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