This newest entry into the All series on biblical topics is a relaxed yet informative look at the instruments, singing, songwriting, and music performance in the Bible.
Beginning with Creation ("The moment God filled the skies with birds, music was born"), longtime All series editor Herbert Lockyer Jr. takes the reader through the Old Testament's musicthe various string, wind, and percussion instruments, how they were made and usedbut acknowledges that much of Hebrew music remains a mystery.
Lockyer explores the Psalms, as well as the songs of Isaiah and Solomon. Less predictably, he also illuminates songs from Moses, Deborah, and Hannah. He treats music in the New Testament and the birth of the modern hymn more briefly. Basic line drawings are interspersed throughout.
He adds the occasional mini-homily: Comparing Christ to the silver that formed early trumpets, for example, he notes, "He was not cast in any set mold, but was beaten work."
Also included are some random music essays from his well-known father, Herbert Lockyer Sr., as well as lists of biblical references to instruments and songs. A subjective inventory of great hymns of the church rounds out the volume.
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