Creation and Creativity

Coming up on February 22nd is an exhibit and performance connected with the seminar on religion, spirituality, and the arts run by Sandy Sasso. It will include a performance of Aaron Copland’s “In The Beginning,” and so I am delighted to be able to get the students from my course on the Bible and music to [Read More…]

“Sarah” by Elizabeth Swados

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Genesis Suite

A multi-author effort by some of the 20th century’s great composers: Arnold Schoenberg, Nathaniel Shilkret, Aleksander Tansman, Darius Milhaud, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Ernst Toch, and Igor Stravinsky. [Read more…]

The Bible as Tree of Knowledge

In a recent Facebook exchange, I formulated some points that seem to me to have a wider applicability, and so I am sharing them here, more or less in the same form as I first wrote them… Your underlying aim is to escape from the uncertainty inherent in the human condition. Historical study, for instance, [Read More…]

Made in the Image of God

This might actually be the best argument against understanding the creation of humans in the  “image of God” in terms of our appearance… [Read more…]

But where is the lamb?

I thought it would be appropriate to mention here the compositions of Gabrielle Cerberville, a Butler graduate who composed a work that took the story of the binding of Isaac as its starting point. This was part of a seminar series that is led by Rabbi Sandi Sasso, which gives artists an opportunity to come [Read More…]

Genesis as Ink Blot

What do you think? Do you find this analogy which Daniel Eaton came up with helpful? Of related interest, see Will Hart Brown’s reflections on comparisons between creation in Babylonian myths and the Bible. [Read more…]

Noah Was the Original PokéMaster

Via Hemant Mehta. Even he could appreciate the humor. [Read more…]

Once Upon a Time in the Beginning

Hemant Mehta shared the image above. What strikes me most is that the change seems striking to him, just as it would seem controversial to many religious fundamentalists. And so the most interesting question, for me, is whom you think that a change like this would be most helpful for – the people who claim to [Read More…]

Jacob and the Angel for Piano and Orchestra

I expect that I will be using Max Stern’s books about Bible and Music and Psalms and Music in connection with my course on the Bible and Music in the Spring. Stern is a composer, and not only is his piece exploring the story of Jacob wrestling with an angel interesting musically, but the expanded retelling [Read More…]