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‘“Zeig uns durch deine Passion”: The Christology of Bach’s St John Passion’, Paradosis 3 (2016)

Loewe, Andreas (2016) ‘“Zeig uns durch deine Passion”: The Christology of Bach’s St John Passion’, Paradosis 3 (2016). Paradosis, 3. pp. 79-90. ISSN 2203-4951


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Bach took the proclamation of the cross to a new level – theologically and musically. Rather than use a gospel synopsis, or a poetic retelling of the Passion story as his textual basis, Bach made use of a single gospel account, matched with contemporary poems and traditional chorales to tell the of the trial and death of Jesus. By retelling the text, and providing regular opportunities for theological reflection through poetic arias and popular chorales, Bach purposefully created a ‘sermon in sound’, and so in his music making closely mirrors Lutheran Baroque homiletic principles.

An orthodox Lutheran believer throughout his life, Bach’s St John Passion serves as a vehicle to invite his listeners to make their own his belief that it was ‘through Christ’s agony and death’ that ‘all the world’s redemption’ had come. Bach’s intent is to take his listeners on a musical journey to the Cross and beyond. As they journey, Bach provides regular pointers to enable the hearers to see beyond the Man of Sorrows and recognise in the broken, human Jesus, the self-emptying, saving Christ.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Bach, Passion tradition, Christology, Fourth Gospel, St John, Jesus Christ, Baroque, sermon in sound
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: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
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Depositing User: VeryRev Dr Andreas Loewe
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 03:10
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 03:10
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3108

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