Public Competition in Interpreting Sacred Texts

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Book-based religions have generated millennia of vigorous and public interpretive competition. No interpretations or translations have been done with greater investments than those of sacred texts. Communicative competition based interpreting and translating sacred texts has attracted massive public interest. One consequence of this interpretive competition has been bloody religious wars. However, the record of this type of public deliberation is not just passions and violence. Rational personal interests within public deliberation also form an important part of that record.^

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