Hymns and Hymnody: Historical and Theological Introductions: Volume III: From the English West to the Global South

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

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

ISBN: 9780227177228


Hymns, and the music the church sings, are tangible means of expressing worship. 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 3 engages nineteenth century hymnists to the contemporary movements of the twenty-first century. 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 3: From the English West to the Global South / Pedrito U. Maynard-Reid

Part 7: Nineteenth Century
1. Oxford’s Tractarian Movement / Jeremy Dibble
2. Fanny Crosby: Songs of Salvation, Consecration, Service, and Heaven / Beverly A. Howard
3. William B. Bradbury: Singing of the Love of Jesus / Joanna Pepple
4. John Bacchus Dykes: “Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord, God Almighty” / Iain Quinn
5. American Gospel Song Movement / Robert J. Morgan
6. Frances R. Havergal: Hymns of Personal Devotion / Vernon M. Whaley

Part 8: Twentieth Century
7. Standard and Emerging Idioms in Britain and the United States / E. Byron Anderson
8. Standard Idioms in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia / David Bjorlin
9. African American Sacred Music and Black Hymnody / Stephen Michael Newby, Jocelyn Russell Wallace and Vernon M. Whaley
10. Southern Gospel Music / James R. Goff, Jr
11. Roman Catholic Liturgical Renewal Movement / Michael S. Driscoll
12. Congregational Song from Ecumenical Movements / Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
13. North American Metrical Psalters / Martin Tel

Part 9: Twenty-First Century
14. Mainline Protestant and Catholic Hymnals / Kendra Buckwalter Smith
15. Hymn Society in the United States and Canada / Carl P. Daw, Jr
16. Postcolonial Congregational Song / Lim Swee Hong
17. Hymnody of the Global South, Part 1: History, Ontological Perspectives, and Dissemination / C. Michael Hawn
18. Hymnody in the Global South, Part 2: Theological Perspectives and Hymns / C. Michael Hawn
19. Contemporary Praise and Worship Music / Greg Scheer
20. Retuned Hymn Movement / Bruce H. Benedict and Lester Ruth

Timeline for Volume 3 / Mel R. Wilhoit

Contributor Biographies for Volume 3: 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