• James W. Watts Syracuse University



function of scripture, Iconic books, scriptures

Author Biography

James W. Watts, Syracuse University

Professor in the Department of Religion, Syracuse University.


Marty, Martin. 1982. “America’s Iconic Book.” In Humanizing America’s Iconic Book, edited by Gene M. Tucker and Douglas A. Knight, 1–23. Chico, CA: Scholars Press.

Parmenter, Dorina Miller. 2006. “The Iconic Book: The Image of the Bible in Early Christian Rituals.” Postscripts 2: 160–189.

———. 2009. “The Bible as Icon: Myths of the Divine Origins of Scripture.” In Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon, edited by Craig A. Evans and H. Daniel Zacharias, 298–310. London: T. & T. Clark.

Schopen, Gregory. 1975. “The Phrase ‘sa prthivipradesas caityab¬huto bhavet’ in the Vajracchediku: Notes on the Cult of the Book in Mahayana.” Indo-Iranian Journal 17: 147–181.

Toorn, Karel van der. 1997. “The Iconic Book: Analogies Between the Babylonian Cult of Images and the Veneration of the Torah.” In The Image and the Book: Iconic Cults, Aniconism and the Rise of Book Religion in Israel and the Ancient Near East, edited by K. van der Toorn, 229–248. Leuven: Peeters.

Watts, James W. 2006. “The Three Dimensions of Scriptures.” Postscripts 2: 135–159.




How to Cite

Watts, J. W. (2012). Introduction. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 6(1-3), 1–6.




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