Gerard van Honthorst's painting, which graces the cover of this volume, depicts King David immersed in song whilst plucking the strings of his harp. His gaze is turned heavenwards, suggesting a connection with the divine. As the figure is inextricably connected to biblical music-making, King David's influence also resonates throuh numerous psalms attributed to him. Unveiling the intrinsic musical essence at the core of this sacred book, the very etymology of the word 'psalm' emerges form the Greek psalmós (ψαλμός), which may be defined as making music with a harp, aptly encapsulating the foundational role of music within this collection of sacred songs. Indeed, it is no surprise that the Book of Psalms plays a fundamental role in musical-religious practices past and present. This volume, containing articles by international specialists from various disciplines, explores the rich tapestry of relationships between psalms and music.
The Contextual Studies in Theology series of the Theological University Apeldoorn accommodates a wide range of publications, ranging from authentic Latin and Greek texts from the Early Church and the Reformation to conference proceedings and Apeldoorn Ph.D. dissertations.
Contextual Studies in Theology no. 1
Titel: Sing to the Lord a new song. Psalms across five centuries
Auteur: Christiaan Clement, Benedikt Schubert, Helena Schuh (eds.)
Aantal pagina’s: 234
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