Congregational Song in the Worship of the Church

Examining the Roots of American Traditions

By William L. Hooper

Congregational Song in the Worship of the Church

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  • ISBN: 9781532690723
  • Pages: 312
  • Publication Date: 3/20/2020
  • Retail Price: $36.00
Web Price: $28.80
Web Price: $28.80

Congregational Song in the Worship of the Church

Examining the Roots of American Traditions

By William L. Hooper

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532690723
  • Pages: 312
  • Publication Date: 3/20/2020
  • Retail Price: $36.00
Web Price: $28.80

About-

This book is a study of how congregational song developed and has been used in the worship of Western churches in general and specifically churches in the United States. Beginning with the worship of ancient peoples, the Hebrews, and early Christians and continuing to the present, the author examines historically how song has been and is used as an intentional sacred ritual action, like prayer or Scripture reading. Written primarily as an introductory text for college and seminary students, the overall goal is to make a historical journey with the people, events, and ideas from which have evolved the various types of song we have in American worship today. To help readers think more deeply about the material, study questions are given at the end of each chapter.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“One might assume that the subject of music in Christian worship has been, at least, fully researched, reported, argued, and forecast. But the subject will not lie dormant. Music in Christian worship continues to develop, explore, get it wrong, and get it right. Music in Christian worship continues to move forward; so, too, must our scholarship. William Hooper’s research, experience, and insight gathered here deserve a voice in the conversations of researchers, teachers, and practitioners, alike. Pause for a moment: Read. Agree. Disagree. Bill Hooper has something to say.”

—Terry W. York, Professor of Christian Ministry and Church Music, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University



“This volume provides a welcome breadth of coverage from pre-historic religion through to contemporary rock and pop. Hooper’s consideration of music as an integral component of different worshipping traditions helps to showcase the diverse range of roles which music is able to play in Christian devotion and the rich variety of ways in which it can be deployed and understood.”

—Mark Porter, Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt



“From the beginning, our human impulse has been to worship God through music. Bill Hooper’s thorough survey of worship practices—from ancient times to current trends—helps us make sense of why we do what we do. Chock full of vital information, Congregational Song in the Worship of the Church will prove to be a helpful resource for many years to come.”

—Rodney Reeves, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas



“William Hooper’s Congregational Song in the Worship of the Church is a refreshing update to the study of the ‘song of the church’ and its development through history. Hooper provides the reader with a historical maturation of congregational song to an analysis of contemporary hymnody. His work is a great addition to all students of congregational song.”

—Ed Steele, Professor of Music, Leavell College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Contributors-

William L. Hooper

Bio(s)-

William L. Hooper is Professor of Music Emeritus at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. He is a published composer and the author of several books on church music.

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