Instrumental Music in the Worship

Instrumental Music in the Worship

by M C Kurfees


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When M.C. Kurfees set aside a day in his class for young preachers to discuss the significance of the Greek verb psallo, he put in motion a study whose need remains evident to this day. Instrumental Music in the Worship, first published in 1911, is the classic work on this subject and is essential reading for all studying what the Bible says about music.

Then as now, proponents of instrumental music in worship claimed "the majority of people regard the question as a 'dead issue.'" Kurfees responded, "An issue over which the people of God are constantly clashing and which is causing division and alienation among them, cannot properly be termed a 'dead issue.'" It was not one then; it is not one now.

The scriptural truths regarding Christian worship are not bound by culture. What God desired in the first century is what He desires today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892255009
Publisher: Gospel Advocate Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/19/1989
Series: Gospel Advocate Classics
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter I.Preliminary Considerations1
Chapter II.Psallo as Defined by the Lexicons6
Chapter III.The Periods of the Greek Language18
Chapter IV.Change of Meaning in the History of Words26
Chapter V.Psallo as Affected by the Law of Evolution with More from the Lexicons46
Chapter VI.Psallo with a Significant Parallel62
Chapter VII.Facts Accounting for Differences Among the Lexicographers67
Chapter VIII.Scope of the Divine Command Authorizing Music in the Worship of God71
Chapter IX.Psallo in the Septuagint with the Bearing of the Revised Version on the Question85
Chapter X.Apostolic Example and Instrumental Music98
Chapter XI.The Harps and Harpers of Revelation108
Chapter XII.The Claim Concerning Clement and Ambrose118
Chapter XIII.Music Among the Jews--A Parallel Controversy135
Chapter XIV.Testimony of Specialists, Encyclopedists, Historians, and Commentators143
Chapter XV.Testimony of Leading Scholars Connected with the Religious Restoration of the Nineteenth Century198
Chapter XVI.Making Tests of Fellowship and Causing Division250
Chapter XVII.An Appeal to the Candid and Reflecting266

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