The Problem of Biblical Musicology

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

Music is gone as soon as it is made; especially where music is not recorded in some fashion, a piece of music can be reconstructed only if there are people who remember it and how to perform it. Because of the cultural and linguistic differences between our civilization and that of the ancient Israelites, it is difficult to recover the exact sound and use of biblical music in its historical context.

Words about music are secondary to music itself. This is the dilemma of the historian, whose...


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