Since most religious texts are a collection of theological, historical, and legal stories, they can be very tough for the layman (even if it is his religion) to read and understand. Many of these religions rely on professional teachers (eg: priests) and scholars (eg: monks) to pass on the teachings and traditions of that religion.
Though the religious books can be simply read cover to cover, anyone serious about learning the deeper details of a religious text has to study the context (history) and language of the book. If possible they might have access to personal writings or critiques by both insiders and outsiders to help their understanding along.
Finally, if were able to assemble all these different ideas together, they might add to the text or write a book of their own.
Many religious texts are made up of lots and lots of smaller books that were edited and gathered into one (or several) tomes.
· 1 decade ago