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God and Mystery in WordsExperience through Metaphor and Drama$
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David Brown

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231836

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231836.001.0001

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Hymns and Psalms

Hymns and Psalms

(p.73) 3 Hymns and Psalms
God and Mystery in Words

David Brown (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores how the music of worship recalls, renews, or initiates experience and it looks at the contribution that metaphor and symbol make. It begins by offering some reflections on the historical background to our present situation. It then focuses on the issues raised by imagery that goes beyond explicit biblical precedent (including what criteria might be applied in our own day), the question of match between music and words, and, finally, the range of experience to which such writing might appeal.

Keywords:   music, worship, hymns, psalms, metaphor, symbol

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