Hymns and Hymnody: Historical and Theological Introductions: Volume II: From Catholic Europe to Protestant Europe

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

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

ISBN: 9780227177211


While worship is one of the central functions of the church (along with mission, service, education, justice, and compassion) and occupies a prime focus of our churches, 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: Historical and Theological Introductions 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 2 begins with the Reformation and extends to the eighteenth-century hymnists and liturgists. 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
List of Figures
About the Editors, Introduction Contributors, and Editorial Advisory Board
Introduction to Volume 2: From Catholic Europe to Protestant Europe / Robin A. Leaver

Part 4: Sixteenth Century
1. Costanzo Festa / Christina Labriola
2. Martin Luther: Raising Up the Reformation Song / Scott A. Moore
3. Early Lutheran Hymnody (1550-1650) / Benjamin Kolodziej
4. John Calvin and the Complete French Psalter / Corneliu C. Simu?
5. English Language Metrical Psalters of the Sixteenth Century / J. Michael Morgan
6. Catholic Reformation Hymnody / Anthony Ruff
7. Tomas Luis de Victoria / Alexander Blachly
8. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Polyphonic Music as Devotional Expression / David W. Music

Part 5: Seventeenth Century
9. British Hymnists / J. Christopher Holmes
10. Richard Baxter / Trent A. Hancock
11. English Language Metrical Psalters of the Seventeenth Century / J. Michael Morgan
12. Eucharistic Hymnody among British Dissenters / Bryan D. Spinks
13. German Lutheran Hymnody (1650-1750) / Joseph Herl

Part 6: Eighteenth Century
14. Isaac Watts: Composer of Psalms and Hymns / Rochelle A. Stackhouse
15. The Wesleys: Charles and John / Erika K. R. Stalcup
16. Nikolaus von Zinzendorf and Moravian Song / Neal Campbell
17. Evangelical Anglican Hymnists / Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
18. Roman Catholic Hymnists / Jonathan Jakob Hehn
19. George Friedrich Händel: Musical Theology that Is Christological, Soteriological, and Supernatural / Michael F. Lloyd
20. Hymnody in Missionary Lands: A Decolonial Critique / Becca Whitla

Timeline for Volume 2 / Mel R. Wilhoit
Contributor Biographies for Volume 2: 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