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Bach Among the Theologians [Paperback]

By Jaroslav Pelikan (Author)
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Bach Among the Theologians by Jaroslav Pelikan

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   172
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.62" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2003
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1597522775  
ISBN13  9781597522779  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University and past president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many books include the five-volume The Christian Tradition, Jesus Through the Centuries, and Mary Through the Centuries. He has received the Thomas Jefferson Medal of the National Endowment for the Humanities and an honorary degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as well as forty-one other honorary degrees.

Jaroslav Pelikan was born in 1923 and died in 2006.

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An intersection of musicological and religious study  Apr 18, 2007
Pelikan's work is an unsentimental look at the influence of Pietism and evangelical thought on a composer who has been too often oversimplified as "staunchly Lutheran." He questions the assumptions we make based on a standardized "psychobiography."

Not surprisingly, there is not an in-depth engagement with the music (he relies heavily on Spitta, Schweitzer, etc.), but Pelikan does offer some excellent textual analyses. He promotes a re-reading of Bach's career, demonstrating that a lack of sacred output in Cöthen did not necessarily define a "low point" for the composer.

While the book as a whole seems to lack cohesion in some places, it does function very well as a set of separate essays. Particularly cogent are the chapters on ""Mediation on Human Redemption" in the St. Matthew Passion" and "Pietism, Piety and Devotion in Bach's Cantatas." The book is an important contribution to interdisciplinary dialogue about the figureheads of Classical music and should be embraced in that spirit.
Bach Insights by Great Theologian  Feb 21, 2007
Jaroslav Pelikan was one of the most prominent theologians and historians of early Christianity until his recent death in 2006. His insights into the theological currents of J.S.Bach's era are deep and tied closely to the texts in the church cantatas, passions and B Minor Mass. As a Lutheran (at least until his late conversion to the Eastern Orthodox church) and historian of the Reformation his view of these issues is invaluable. His knowledge of Bach's music is comprehensive and this book benefits from this unique combination. His explanation of Bach's Pietist sympathies, or lack thereof, is of particular interest. This book should be read by anyone who loves the music of Bach.
Bach Among the Theologians  Oct 8, 2003
Excellent in-depth survey of Bach's work in light of theological influences of his time. He wrote music, whether sacred or secular, in a vocation that was to the glory of God. (I am trying to secure reprint permission from Dr. Pelikan through Wipf & Stock publishers (Eugene, OR). If that happens it will be back in print. Otherwise, I have one lonely copy.) P.S. They allowed a small reprint. I have a few extra copies now.
Shamefully out of print  Jul 21, 2002
Pelikan is a truly amazing and articulate thinker. He seems to intuitively know what is important--whether providing a theological overview of Chrisitan history or, as here, focusing in on a single subject. What I found especially refreshing in BACH AMONG THE THEOLOGIANS is Pelikan's appreciation of Bach as a highly creative man who was truly a man of his own time. He puts to rest (for me anyway) the somewhat artificial argument about the sacred and secular strains in Bach's work. This "tension" ultimately does not seem to have been as big a deal for Bach as it has become for modern historians, musicians, theologians, etc. Perhaps, because Bach's sense of the sacred was much more encompassing than we highly compartmentalized moderns ever allow it to be. In any case, the fact that so many highly divergent groups want to claim Bach as their own is probably sufficient proof of Bach's transcendant greatness.

This is a highly readable--though thoughtful and concentrated--book that deserves to be more broadly available. Perhaps some publisher will see fit to reissue it in paperback. I'd preorder a copy today if that was the case.

Bach Among the Theologians  Jun 7, 2000
This book is a 'must have' for any Bach lover. Pelikan talks about Bach's musical interpretation of text, and his understanding of his faith. His main premise is to place Bach 'Among the theologians' in history, where he rightfully belongs.

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