General Bibliography

Suggestions for further reading can be found at the end of almost every chapter. Other works of general relevance to the theme of the book as a whole, as well as books drawn on and referred to in more than one chapter, are included here.

Begbie, Jeremy. Music, Modernity, and God: Essays in Listening. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Carlson, Betty, and Jane Stuart Smith. The Gift of Music: Great Composers and Their Influence. 3rd ed. Wheaton: Crossway, 1995.

Clanton, Dan W. Daring, Disreputable, and Devout: Interpreting the Bible’s Women in the Arts and Music. New York: Continuum, 2009.

Corbett, George, ed. Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: Open Book, 2019.

Cusic, Don. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music: Pop, Rock, and Worship. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2010.

———. Saved by Song: A History of Gospel and Christian Music. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012.

Foley, Edward. Foundations of Christian Music: The Music of Pre-Constantinian Christianity. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1996.

Friedheim, Emmanuel. “Jewish Society in the Land of Israel and the Challenge of Music in the Roman Period.” Review of Rabbinic Judaism 15, no. 1 (2012): 61–88.

Fromme, Daniel. Die Hiob-Rezeption in der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts: zur Musikalisierung des Leidens. Münster: Lit, 2016.

HaCohen, Ruth. The Music Libel against the Jews. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

Hanna, Mena Mark. “The Musical Imagination in Religious Worship.” In Religious Imaginations: How Narratives of Faith Are Shaping Today’s World, edited by James Walters, 90–98. London: Gingko Library, 2018.

Heaney, Maeve Louise. Suspended God: Music and a Theology of Doubt. London: Bloomsbury, 2022.

Heskes, Irene. Passport to Jewish Music: Its History, Traditions, and Culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.

Hoffman, Lawrence A., and Janet R. Walton, eds. Sacred Sound and Social Change: Liturgical Music in Jewish and Christian Experience. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992.

Hooper, William L. Congregational Song in the Worship of the Church: Examining the Roots of American Traditions. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2020.

Jacobson, Joshua R. “Music of the Jewish People.” Choral Journal 55, no. 2 (2014): 67–69.

Jezic, Diane Peacock. Women Composers: The Lost Tradition Found. New York: Feminist Press (City University of New York), 1988.

Jones, Richard Elfyn. Music and the Numinous. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007.

Kendrick, Robert L. Singing Jeremiah: Music and Meaning in Holy Week. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.

Lamport, Mark A., Benjamin K. Forrest, and Vernon M. Whaley, eds. Hymns and Hymnody: Historical and Theological Introductions. 2 vols. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019.

Laster, James H. Catalogue of Choral Music Arranged in Biblical Order. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1996.

Leneman, Helen. Musical Illuminations of Genesis Narratives. London: Bloomsbury, 2018.

Leneman, Helen, and Barry Dov Walfish, eds. The Bible Retold by Jewish Artists, Writers, Composers & Filmmakers. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2015.

Letellier, Robert Ignatius. The Bible in Music. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2017.

Long, Siobhan Dowling, and John F. A. Sawyer, eds. The Bible in Music: A Dictionary of Songs, Works, and More. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Monson, Craig A., and Roberta Montemorra Marvin, eds. Music in Print and Beyond: Hildegard Von Bingen to the Beatles. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2013.

Pally, Marcia. From This Broken Hill I Sing to You: God, Sex, and Politics in the Work of Leonard Cohen. London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

Palmer, Andrew. Encounters with British Composers. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2015.

Remmert, Sönke. Bibeltexte in der Musik: Ein Verzeichnis ihrer Vertonungen. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1996.

Ringer, Alexander L. “Musical Composition in Modern Israel.” Musical Quarterly 51, no. 1 (1965): 282–97.

Routley, Erik. The Church and Music: An Inquiry into the History, the Nature, and the Scope of Christian Judgment on Music. London: Duckworth, 1967.

Savart, Claude, and Jean Noël Aletti, eds. Le Monde contemporain et la Bible. Paris: Editions Beauchesne, 1985.

Southall, Geneva. “Black Composers and Religious Music.” Black Perspective in Music 2, no. 1 (1974): 45–50.

Stern, Max. Bible and Music: Influences of the Old Testament on Western Music. Jersey City: KTAV, 2011.

Strimple, Nick. “Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh) in Contemporary Context: A Personal Commentary on the Music and Its Legacy.” Choral Journal 59, no. 4 (2018): 51–58.


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