Top 10 Must Read Holy Books List
Holy books are the basic foundation of the knowledge we have about our religion. A religion is best known by its religious book. Religious books are so sacred and holy that we touch them with our hands washed properly. These books shed light on the truth about life and death and the truth about God. There are many religions being followed by many people on this earth such as Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, etc. All these religion teaches different types of prayers and different forms of worshipping Gods and different stories about the brave Gods. All these teachings are stored forever in the form of literature text as Religious books. Some of the must read holy books are:
Koran or Quran is the religious and holy book of the religion Islam. It is a book which has 114 chapter and a chapters are called suras in the religion. This book has suras that speak about the moral values and ethics. The book discusses the social and religious concepts of life. The muslims follow everything mentioned in the book and read it completely, or parts of it, on a daily basis. This book is believed to be written during Muhammad’s period but the book was not published or produced before 650 A.D. It was originally written in Arabic language and it is known to be the best work of literature in that language till date.
9. New Testament:
The Christian bible is divided into two major divisions and the second of them is the New Testament. New Testament has 72 books and is the basic foundation of the Christian beliefs and thoughts. The book is written about the life of Lord Jesus, his preaching, his words and his work. The book contains the life story of Jesus from his birth till his death. The death of Jesus Christ is mentioned in detail, including the resurrection. The day of resurrection became widely known and celebrated and is called Easter. The book is written to spread Christianity everywhere and make people believe in god. The book is believed to be written in 100 A.D.
8. Old Testament:
Old Testament is one of the two major divisions of the holy book Bible. Old Testament is now the scared and holy form of sculpture and literature for Judaism. The book is a collected version of selective writings of the people of Hebrew and Jewish community. The book was written in the 12th century B.C. The major parts of the book are written in Hebrew language but some of them are also written in Aramaic, which is a language used by the Jews. The book contains stories of the historical wars and famous heroes as well as mighty kings. The book is a must read if people want to learn about the history and principles of Christians and Jews.
Judaism uses two religious books. One is Torah and the second is Talmud. The second book ‘Talmud’ is also known as ‘shas’. This book contains the oral law of Judaism. It is divided in two parts. The first part is known as Mishnah whereas the second part is known as Gemara or sometimes just Talmud. It has 63 chapters in whole and is as long as 62 thousand pages. Talmud is read mostly among the people following the Judaism religion. But many people have starting reading this holy book because it provides an insight in the practices and culture during the ancient times.
Taoism is the religion of China and the holy book of Taosim is Tao-te-ching. This religious text of the Chinese was written during the 6th century B.C. in their local language – Chinese. Later, the book was translated in English to reach masses around the 19th century. It became famous in East Asia first and then traveled around the world after being translated in many languages. The book is one of the most commonly translated books in the whole world. Initially, it was interpreted by Taoist concepts and words but as it started spreading across the globe, its interpretation changed. The book comprises of overall 81 chapters with a few poems. They together describe the way to live and also the freedom for desire.
5. Five Classics:
China also had another religion called Confucianism. The holy books of Confucianism are called Five Classics. They are very historical as they were written even before 300 B.C. and are the most religious out of all the other holy books of China. The books tell you about the basic and core beliefs and values of Confucianism. The books have knowledge and information about the wars, kings and heroes of that time. It describes the whole truth and importance about God. The majority of the population of the world’s most populated country reads these books named as Five Classics.
Upanishads are religious texts of the Hindus. The Hindu religion is very widely followed all over the world and was basically originated in India. There are exactly 112 Upanishads in Hindu religion. The Upanishads describe the relationship of your souls with the God; or in the language of the book, it describes the union of Brahman (pure soul) with the atman (your soul). The Upanishads mention about the importance of yoga and also vedic sacrifices. It was written on paper in the 19th century and is formed after collecting from various sources. People also called it Vedanta as it describes the significance of Vedas in human life.
Veda is one of the many holy books of Hindu religion. It has all the collected Hindu prayers and chants, hymns and mantras. The book is said to have defined the real meaning of the eternal God. There are four types of Vedas in Hinduism and are divided as per the historical occurrences of the books. They are: Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. The Hindu Vedas were written in text, somewhere between 100 B.C. and 500 B.C. and very old form of literature mostly written in Sanskrit language.
Tripitakas are the books of knowledge of the Buddhism religion. They are famous as the baskets of knowledge about Buddhist teachings. The chapters written in the book are known as Mahayana Sutras and also sutta pitaka, Adhidharma and Vinaya. The book explains and describes about the relation between the internal soul and the external soul. The book is most widely read in China and among Chinese, it is the most famous form of holy text and religious literature. People who are interested in Buddhism and want to learn about the Buddhism cultures and beliefs read Tripitakas.
1. Bhagavad Gita:
Shreemad Bhagavad Gita is the holy book of the Hindus. In Hindu religion, this book is the most sacred and holy out of all the literatures available in this religion. The book is written in the form of dialogues between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, the prince. The conversation explains a lot about the basic concepts of life and truth. It states that one can meet God or one can be united with God after it does excellent in Karma(deeds), Bhakti(devotion) and Gyan(Knowledge). It has lessons about the way a person must lead his life, do good deeds such as helping others, thank God for everything, and learn from everything you do.