The Bible and Music Written by Women

As a recent New York Times article highlighted, female composers have historically been neglected. I have no intention of allowing that to be the case in my course on the Bible and music. And so this post is not only intended to share some examples of settings of Biblical texts by women (and to be clear, [Read More…]

The Throne Room Suite for String Quartet

Helen Marple-Horvat has arranged the Throne Room Suite from Star Wars for string quartet. I hope you enjoy it! [Read more…]

R. Nathaniel Dett, The Ordering of Moses

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Setting Amos’ Hymn Fragments to Music

As I’m gearing up to teach a course about the Bible and music for the first time next semester, one thing that I’ve been giving much thought to is the fact that students are expected to participate in the creation of a creative work in these core curriculum courses. I don’t like to ask students [Read More…]

Plagiarism in Commentaries and Commentaries on Plagiarism

Given that I’ve now had my first plagiarism case of the semester, the time seems right to comment on this topic. Let me begin with an infographic that explains different kinds of plagiarism and evaluates them in terms of their severity, since it seems that many people are still unclear on precisely what plagiarism is. [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…]

Singing Psalm 53 as the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer

This is labeled on YouTube as a sung version of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. But it is elsewhere labeled as Psalm 53 in Syriac, sung in Georgia, for Pope Francis! It is beautiful either way, but this illustrates nicely the problems that arise when people start discussing texts in languages they don’t understand. Not [Read More…]

The Bay Psalm Book

I just learned that,¬†through a bit of¬†poor communication within my department, I’ll be teaching my new core curriculum course on the Bible and Music the same semester that my colleague teaches his course on the Psalms. Although we would have avoided this convergence if we had noticed it, the intersection should be beneficial and there [Read More…]

Psalm Songs

As I prepare to teach a course on the Bible and music in the Spring for the first time, I am on the lookout for new and/or interesting music at the intersection of the two. And so I am grateful to Abram Kielsmeier-Jones for sharing these bluegrass settings of the Psalms by The Corner Room: [Read More…]

Idolatry and the Image of God

Here is the video from the service that I led at Crooked Creek Baptist Church yesterday, focused on the theme of idolatry and the image of God, and exploring that theme in scripture, song, and reflections. The service started off with the video that I shared yesterday (not included in the recording above), followed by [Read More…]