Every Valley: Advent with the Scriptures of Handel's Messiah

Every Valley: Advent with the Scriptures of Handel's Messiah

by Albert L. Blackwell, Handel

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Overview

Handel's Messiah is one of the most beloved musical works of the western world, playing an especially sentimental role in many people's Christmas traditions. The libretto of the work, taken directly from the King James text of fourteen books of the Bible, has turned many otherwise forgettable phrases into memorable, singable, cherished lines of Scripture.

This gift-worthy book will delight and inspire classical music fans and those for whom Messiah is a beloved Christmas tradition with essays exploring the theological, historical, and pastoral implications of the Scriptures that make up Handel's Messiah.

Forty reflections journey in order through the oratorio, taking the reader deeper into less-often studied texts like Malachi 3:3 and bringing new light to oft-recited passages like Luke 2:9-14. Each reflection offers the libretto from Messiah, the same passage in NRSV, and a brief commentary on the text, written by a respected scholar or pastor. Readers can peruse the book at leisure or examine one reflection per day throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664259983
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 09/26/2014
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,188,532
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Albert L. Blackwell is the Reuben B. Pitts Professor Emeritus of Religion at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is the founder of The Piedmont Resource Center, and received Furman's Meritorious Teaching Award in 1977. He also serves as director of the choir at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville.


Albert L. Blackwell is the Reuben B. Pitts Professor Emeritus of Religion at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is the founder of The Piedmont Resource Center, and received Furman's Meritorious Teaching Award in 1977. He also serves as director of the choir at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville.

Table of Contents

PART 1: CHRIST'S BIRTH AND ITS FORETELLING

1. Comfort Ye My People (Isaiah 40:1-5) Movements 1-4

2. I Will Shake All Nations (Haggai 2:1-9) Movement 5 (Part 1)

3. He Shall Come (Malachi 2:13-3:1) Movement 5 (Part 2)

4. And He Shall Purify (Malachi 3:2-4)

Movements 6 and 7

5. God with Us (Isaiah 7:10-16)

Movement 8

6. O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings (Isaiah 40:6-9)

Movement 9 (Part 1)

7. Arise, Shine (Isaiah 60:1-6)

Movements 9 (Part 2) and 10

8. The People That Walked in Darkness (Isaiah 9:1-2)

Movement 11

9. For unto Us a Child Is Born (Isaiah 9:3-7)

Movement 12

10. Keeping Watch (Luke 2:8-10)

Movements 13-15 (Part 1)

11. Born This Day (Luke 2:11-12)

Movement 15 (Part 2)

12. Glory to God (Luke 2:13-20)

Movements 16 and 17

13. Rejoice Greatly (Zechariah 9:9-12)

Movement 18

14. The Lame Shall Leap (Isaiah 35:1-7)

Movement 19

15. He Shall Feed His Flock (Isaiah 40:10-11)

Movement 20 (Part 1)

16. His Yoke Is Easy (Matthew 11:16-30)

Movements 20 (Part 2) and 21

PART 2: CHRIST'S PASSION AND RESURRECTION

17. Behold the Lamb (John 1:29-34)

Movement 22

18. He Was Despised (Isaiah 52:13-53:3)

Movement 23

19. He Bore Our Griefs (Isaiah 53:4-5, 9-12)

Movements 24 and 25

20. All We Like Sheep (Isaiah 53:6)

Movement 26

21. They Laugh Him to Scorn (Psalm 22:1-15)

Movements 27 and 28

22. There Was No One to Comfort Him (Psalm 69:7-20)

Movement 29

23. Sorrow Like unto His Sorrow (Lamentations 1:1-12)

Movement 30

24. He Was Cut Off (Psalm 16:9-11)

Movements 31 and 32

25. He Is the King of Glory (Psalm 24)

Movement 33

26. Let All the Angels Worship Him (Hebrews 1:1-8)

Movements 34 and 35

27. Even from Thine Enemies (Psalm 68:1-12, 17-20)

Movements 36 and 37

28. How Beautiful (Romans 10:8-15)

Movement 38

29. Into All Lands (Psalm 19)

Movement 39

30. Why Do the Nations Rage? (Psalm 2:1-3, 7-8)

Movements 40 and 41

31. The Lord Shall Break Them (Psalm 2:4-6, 9-12)

Movements 42 and 43

32. Hallelujah (Revelation 19:6-16)

Movement 44

PART 3: CHRIST'S ETERNAL REIGN

33. My Redeemer Liveth (Job 19:23-27)

Movement 45 (Part 1)

34. For Now Christ Is Risen (1 Corinthians 15:12-20)

Movement 45 (Part 2)

35. All Shall Be Made Alive (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

Movement 46

36. We Shall Be Changed (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)

Movements 47 and 48

37. Death, Where Is Thy Sting? (1 Corinthians 15:54-58)

Movements 49-51

38. If God Be for Us (Romans 8:31-39)

Movement 52

39. Worthy Is the Lamb (Revelation 5:11-13)

Movement 53 (Part 1)

40. Amen (Revelation 5:14)

Movement 53 (Part 2)

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