The Human Hand in Sacred Texts

The word "sacred" is applied so ubiquitously that its meaning is seldom consistent, even from one conversation to the next. Why is something sacred? Where is the sacred? When is it sacred? And the most difficult question for many of us who ascribe to a religious tradition, who or what is sacred?

When trying to explain how the term applies to particular texts or Scriptures, many people fall back upon a series of clichés and euphemisms. I will admit to using more than a few of them myself. Something about the nature of the sacred, as we see it in written form or hear elements of it conveyed through oral tradition, can create ambiguity in our use (and even understanding) of the term. It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes a text sacred.

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