Music In Israelite Communities

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

In Israelite life music was central to all that the people did. It is found not only in their worship, but also in their work, in their personal recreation, and in their military activities.

Genesis 4:21 mentions Jubal as the protomusician. The distance, both stylistic and chronological, between him and the later music making of the Jewish community can only be a matter of speculation. The real importance of Jubal is in the attention given to music making this far back in sacred history, and...


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