Passwords to paradise explores the effects that language difference and language conversion have wrought on the worlds great faiths spanning more than two thousand years it is an original and intriguing perspective on the history of religion by a master linguistic historian. A strange book that discusses the effect language has had on religion ie how did missionaries translate concepts into different languages and the chaos that came thereafter and how religion has changed language ie some languages like church latin and vedic sanskrit are enshrined as holy languages and thereafter afforded special prestige. Passwords to paradise how languages have re invented world religions nicholas ostler in the beginning was the word and the word was with god and the word was god so opens the gospel of john an ancient text translated into almost every language at once a compelling and . Ostler the last lingua franca roams across several millennia of world history and delves into precise linguistic shifts looking for clues to how the missionary religions of buddhism . Do you want to remove all your recent searches all recent searches will be deleted
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