Hymns and Hymnody: Historical and Theological Introductions: Volume I: From Asia Minor to Western Europe

By Mark A. Lamport, Benjamin K. Forrest and Vernon M. Whaley (editors)

The first of a three-volume introduction to hymns, their history, their role in the liturgy of the church and their theological significance.

ISBN: 9780227177204


Hymns and the music the church sings are tangible means of expressing worship. As worship is one of the central functions of the church and it occupies a prime focus, a renewed sense of awareness to our theological presuppositions and cultural cues must be maintained to ensure a proper focus in worship.

Hymns and Hymnody is an introductory textbook in three volumes describing the most influential hymnists, liturgists, and musical movements of the church. This academically grounded resource evaluates both the historical and theological perspectives of the major hymnists and composers that have impacted the church over the course of twenty centuries. Volume 1 explores the early church and concludes with the Renaissance era hymnists. Each chapter contains five elements: historical background, theological perspectives communicated in their hymns/compositions, contribution to liturgy and worship, notable hymns, and bibliography. The missions of Hymns and Hymnody are to provide biographical data on influential hymn writers for students and interested laypeople, and to provide a theological analysis of what the cited composers have communicated in the theology of their hymns. It is vital for those involved in leading the worship of the church to recognize that what they communicate is in fact theology. This latter aspect is missing in accessible formats for the current literature.

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Dimensions229 × 153 mm


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About the Author

Mark A. Lamport is a graduate professor in the United States and Europe.

Benjamin K. Forrest is Professor of Christian Education and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Liberty University.

Vernon M. Whaley is Dean of the Liberty University School of Music.


List of Tables
About the Editors, Introduction Contributor, and Editorial Advisory Board
Introduction to Volume 1: From Asia Minor to Western Europe / Paul Westermeyer

Part 1: First to Ninth Centuries
1. Hymns and Creedal Worship in the New Testament / Jim Samra
2. Psalms in the Early Church / Mel R. Wilhoit
3. Liturgical Patterns and Calendars / Paul Westermeyer
4. Syriac Song in the Early Centuries / Tala Jarjour
5. Latin Song in the Early Centuries / R. Scott Connell
6. Byzantine Song in the Early Centuries: From Kantakion to the Canon / Dimitrios Skrekas
7. Gregorian Chant through the Centuries / Anthony Ruff
8. Trinitarian Hymns in the East and West / Kimberly Hope Belcher
9. Insular and Carolingian Hymns / Pete Gavin Ferriby

Part 2: Tenth to Thirteen Centuries
10. Hymns, Sequences, and Tropes in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries / Susan Boynton
11. Hymns and Sequences in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries / Margot E. Fassler
12. Hymnody of the Western Religious Orders / Heather Josselyn-Cranson
13. Music and Hymnody in the Late Byzantine Period / Spiro Antonopoulos
14. Marian Hymnology in the East and West / Stephanie A. Budwey

Part 3: Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
15. Western European Vernacular Song through the Early Renaissance / Christopher Ruth
16. Pre-Reformation German Vernacular Hymnody / Anthony Ruff
17. Guillaume Du Fay / Rachel A. McNellis
18. Josquin des Prez / Christopher Ruth
19. English Liturgical Composers in the Fifteenth Century / Alexandra Buckle
20. Orthodox Song in post-Byzantine Times / Richard Barrett

Timeline for Volume 1 / Mel R. Wilhoit
For Further Reading / Mel R. Wilhoit
Contributor Biographies for Volume 1: Alphabetical Listing
Index of Scripture
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Hymns


Endorsements and Reviews

A remarkable group of scholars provides a perceptive set of essays to orient students to the riches of Christian hymnody throughout the first twenty centuries of Christianity. What a remarkable testimony this is to the Spirit’s work in and through composers and poets throughout the centuries.
John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary