Song Divine: Christian Commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita

Song Divine: Christian Commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita 326 Book Reviews / Exchange 38 (2009) 313-327 Catherine Cornille (ed.), Song Divine: Christian Commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita , Chris- tian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts, Leuven et al.: Peeters 2006, 219 pp., ISBN 978-90-429-1769-5, price € 30.00. Th is book is the fi rst volume of a new series called ‘Christian Commentaries on Non-Chris- tian Sacred Texts’. It consists of a collection of ten articles about the Bhagavad Gita, edited by Catherine Cornille of Boston College, who is also the general editor of the series. It was a good decision to start the series with a volume focused on the Bhagavad Gita. It might be argued that the Vedas and not the Bhagavad Gita form the most sacred texts of Hinduism. However, the Gita is certainly the book that has the greatest infl uence upon spiritual life and religious discourse of the Hindus. Since Hinduism has historically nothing in common with the Christian tradition, the choice for this holy book provides also a good test case for the whole project of the series. Is it possible to comment from a Christian point of view on the sacred texts of such a completely diff erent religion? Not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Exchange Brill

Song Divine: Christian Commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita

Exchange , Volume 38 (3): 326 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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326 Book Reviews / Exchange 38 (2009) 313-327 Catherine Cornille (ed.), Song Divine: Christian Commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita , Chris- tian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts, Leuven et al.: Peeters 2006, 219 pp., ISBN 978-90-429-1769-5, price € 30.00. Th is book is the fi rst volume of a new series called ‘Christian Commentaries on Non-Chris- tian Sacred Texts’. It consists of a collection of ten articles about the Bhagavad Gita, edited by Catherine Cornille of Boston College, who is also the general editor of the series. It was a good decision to start the series with a volume focused on the Bhagavad Gita. It might be argued that the Vedas and not the Bhagavad Gita form the most sacred texts of Hinduism. However, the Gita is certainly the book that has the greatest infl uence upon spiritual life and religious discourse of the Hindus. Since Hinduism has historically nothing in common with the Christian tradition, the choice for this holy book provides also a good test case for the whole project of the series. Is it possible to comment from a Christian point of view on the sacred texts of such a completely diff erent religion? Not

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