The Songs of Ascents

The Songs of Ascents : Psalms 120 to 134 in the Worship of Jerusalem's Temples

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Codes hidden for 3,000 years unveil the origin of the fifteen Songs of Ascents. Mysterious marks in medieval manuscripts disclose the lost temple song. Rabbinic traditions reveal the place of the ark of the covenant. And the secret message of the Book of Psalms is laid bare. David Mitchell's Songs of Ascents is a fresh direction in the study of the Psalms. Professor John Barton, Oriel College, Oxford. The Songs of Ascents establishes a long-overdue link between the worlds of Biblical Studies and Near Eastern Archaeomusicology. Mitchell addresses the issue with great competence and meticulousness, and depicts a credible picture of how the psalms would have been sung in ancient Jerusalem. Professor Richard Dumbrill, University of London. David Mitchell takes just one collection of fifteen psalms to create a scholarly and engaging account which brings together, in an original but careful way, the disciplines of the Hebrew language, psalmody, and music. For anyone interested in how the psalms functioned as ancient Temple Songs, and how this might apply to our appreciation of them in synagogues and churches today, this book is an absolute gem." Professor Susan Gillingham, Worcester College, more

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  • Paperback
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.53mm | 530.7g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1508745358
  • 9781508745358
  • 1,889,032

About David C Mitchell

David Mitchell is a biblical scholar, musicologist, and musical director. He is Precentor and Director of Music in Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral in Brussels. His other publications include 'The Message of the Psalter' (1997), 'Messiah ben Joseph' (2016), and musical works. For more info, go to more

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