Member Publication: New Book on Yijing

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We wish to announce the publication of our new book, Teaching the I Ching (Book of Changes), by Geoffrey Redmond and Tze-ki Hon. 290 pp. American Academy of Religion and Oxford University Press. October, 2014. ISBN 978-0-19-976681-9

Chinese traditional culture cannot be understood without some familiarity with I Ching (Yijing), yet it is one of the most difficult of the world’s ancient texts. Assembled from fragments with many obscure allusions, it was the subject of ingenious, but often conflicting, interpretations, over nearly three thousand years. Recent scholarship has radically altered our understanding of the foundational work. In this work, we present an up-to-date survey of recent studies and place them in context with traditional understanding.

The teaching material we present is intended to do justice to the otherness of the ancient classic, yet engage the interest of twenty-first century students and teachers. Teaching the I Ching (Book of Changes) makes this important text understandable for a broad readership, including those interested in China, early civilization, and world religions.

Partial Contents:

The Rewards and Perils of Studying an Ancient Classic
Divination: Fortune-telling and Philosophy
Bronze Age Origins
Women in the Yijing
Recently Excavated Manuscripts
Ancient Meanings Reconstructed
The Ten Wings
Moral Cultivation
The Yijing as China Enters the Modern Age
The Yijing’s Journey to the West
Readers Guide
Predicting the Future for the Yijing
Bibliography (275 items)


 “a reliable road map…to navigate the intriguing intellectual terrain of the ancient Chinese classic….an important reference book for…readers who what to explore the multifarious and mysterious world of Changes.”
Dennis K. H. Cheng, Chair Professor of Cultural History, Hong Kong Institute of Education; Professor, Leiden University and National Taiwan University.

“A magnificent achievement… Redmond and Hon offer…insightful suggestions about how to understand and productively use this document…”
Richard J. Smith, Professor, Rice University and  author of The I Ching: A Biography.

“The uniqueness of this book is its combination of scholarly rigor with a willingness to explore the phenomenology of divination practice. …an excellent history of the I Ching … including the ways it has been interpreted in both China and the West up to the present day. 
Joseph A. Adler, Professor, Kenyon College and author of Reconstructing the Confucian Dao: Zhu Xi’s Appropriation of Zhou Daunyi.

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