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Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion (BWV 245): A Theological Commentary, Studies in the History of Christian Traditions 168 (Leiden: Brill, 2014) ISBN 978 90 04 26547 9.

Loewe, Andreas and Firth, Katherine (2014) Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion (BWV 245): A Theological Commentary, Studies in the History of Christian Traditions 168 (Leiden: Brill, 2014) ISBN 978 90 04 26547 9. Brill, Leiden. 329pp. ISBN ISBN 978 90 04 26547 9

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Abstract

This Theological Commentary is the first full-length work in English to consider Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion in its entirety, both the words and the music. Bach’s oratorio is a globally popular musical work, and a significant expression of Lutheran theology.

The commentary explains the Biblical and poetic text, and its musical setting, line by line. Bach’s Passion is shown to be the work of a master craftsman and trained theologian, in the collaborative and cultural milieu of eighteenth-century, Lutheran Leipzig.

For the first time, this work makes much German scholarship available in English, including archival sources, and includes a new scholarly translation of the libretto. The musical and theological terms are explained, to enable an interdisciplinary understanding of the Passion’s meaning and continued significance.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Martin Luther, Lutheran Art, John Passion, St John, Fourth Gospel, Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, preaching through music, music-theological
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: VeryRev Dr Andreas Loewe
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 00:08
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 00:08
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3100

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