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This paper offers a cross-reading of the Lotus Sutra and the Hebrew Bible, two sacred narratives that have received very little joint attention in terms of comparative religious study. In the line of Buber's "dialogical hermeneutics," using a reflective approach, I identify and analyze similar patterns of revelation and piety in both bodies of texts: the colors, blue and gold, through which the sacred is seen; the stormy sounds of collective revelation, the dual verticality, both in space and in time, of transmission, and the prescribed ubiquitous forms of repetition and devotion of sacred texts in each tradition. Through content analysis, focusing on the terminologies used in the Lotus Sutra and in the Hebrew Bible, I first examine the way the two traditions depict their mystical visions—in other words, how God is being described; and second, I will examine how piety is being prescribed.
By comparatively examining two "revelation" narratives and the religious practices that stem from it, respectively, in Buddhist piety and in Jewish piety, this article hopes to contribute, from a pluralistic stance, to the study of Hierophany and its consequences.