Music in Biblical Life: The Roles of Song in Ancient Israel

Music in Biblical Life: The Roles of Song in Ancient Israel

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By (author) Jonathan L. Friedmann

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  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 275 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 13mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Jefferson, NC
  • ISBN 10: 0786474092
  • ISBN 13: 9780786474097

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"This book explores the intricate and multifaceted nature of biblical music through a detailed look into four major episodes and genres. This investigation demonstrates how music helped shape and define the self-identity of ancient Israel"--Provided by publisher.

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Music was integral to the daily life of ancient Israel. It accompanied activities as diverse as manual labor and royal processionals. At key junctures and in core institutions, musical tones were used to deliver messages, convey emotions, strengthen communal bonds and establish human-divine contact. This book explores the intricate and multifaceted nature of biblical music through a detailed look into four major episodes and genres: the Song of the Sea (Exod. 15), King Saul and David's harp (1 Sam. 16), the use of music in prophecy, and the Book of Psalms. This investigation demonstrates how music helped shape and define the self-identity of ancient Israel.