Music in Biblical Life
The Roles of Song in Ancient Israel
About the Book
Music was integral to the daily life of ancient Israel. It accompanied activities as diverse as manual labor and royal processionals. At key junctures and in core institutions, musical tones were used to deliver messages, convey emotions, strengthen communal bonds and establish human-divine contact.
This book explores the intricate and multifaceted nature of biblical music through a detailed look into four major episodes and genres: the Song of the Sea (Exod. 15), King Saul and David’s harp (1 Sam. 16), the use of music in prophecy, and the Book of Psalms. This investigation demonstrates how music helped shape and define the self-identity of ancient Israel.
About the Author(s)
Jonathan L. Friedmann
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
Table of Contents
1 Functional Music 17
2 The Song of the Sea and Group Cohesion:
Exodus 15:1–21 31
3 Therapeutic Functions of David’s Lyre:
1 Samuel 16:14–23 58
4 Sing unto God:
Music in Prophetic Literature 83
5 Music and Public Worship:
Singing in the Book of Psalms 114
Chapter Notes 165
Book Reviews & Awards
“Friedmann explores music’s role in shaping the self-identity of ancient Israel and its integration into daily life”—Reference & Research Book News.