By Confucius

This version is going past others that principally depart readers to their very own units in realizing this cryptic paintings, by way of delivering an entree into the textual content that parallels the conventional chinese language means of coming near near it: along Slingerland's beautiful rendering of the paintings are his translations of a range of vintage chinese language commentaries that make clear tough passages, offer old and cultural context, and invite the reader to examine a variety of interpretations. the perfect scholar variation, this quantity additionally features a basic creation, notes, a number of appendices -- together with a thesaurus of technical phrases, references to fashionable Western scholarship that time the way in which for additional learn, and an annotated bibliography.

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These oracle bones are pieces of ox scapula or tortoise shells used in divination. Questions concerning the proper course of action or requests for things such a rain, directed to the spirits of the Shang ancestors, were written upon them, and heat was then applied. The answer from the ancestors—yes, this military campaign will be successful or no, rain will not be forthcoming—were revealed in the resulting pattern of cracks decoded by the diviner, who was often the Shang king himself. Often the ancestors were asked to intercede with the being who wielded the greatest power of all over the Shang people, the ur-ancestor known as the “Lord on High” (shangdi ).

Neither the Marquis Zhang nor the Zheng Xuan version survived intact, and what we will be referring to as the “received” version is a doubly eclectic version assembled by He Yan (190–249), which drew on the Marquis Zhang and Zheng Xuan versions. It is that received version on which this translation is based, although occasional reference will be made to textual variants—points where the Lu, Qi, or Ancient versions differed from the received version—that were recorded by early textual critics and that managed to survive the demise of these original versions.

Copyright © 2003 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For further information, please address: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. O. , Hong Kong Printed at Sheridan Books, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Confucius. [Lun yu. English] Confucius analects / translated by Edward Slingerland. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-87220-636-X—ISBN 0-87220-635-1 (paper) I. Slingerland, Edward G.

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