Handel's "Messiah" is one of the most beloved musical works of
the western world, playing an especially sentimental role in many
people's Christmas traditions. The libretto of the work, taken
directly from the King James text of fourteen books of the Bible,
has turned many otherwise forgettable phrases into memorable,
singable, cherished lines of Scripture.
This gift-worthy book will delight and inspire classical music
fans and those for whom "Messiah" is a beloved Christmas tradition
with essays exploring the theological, historical, and pastoral
implications of the Scriptures that make up Handel's "Messiah."
Forty reflections journey in order through the oratorio, taking
the reader deeper into less-often studied texts like Malachi 3:3
and bringing new light to oft-recited passages like Luke 2:9-14.
Each reflection offers the libretto from "Messiah," the same
passage in NRSV, and a brief commentary on the text, written by a
respected scholar or pastor. Readers can peruse the book at leisure
or examine one reflection per day throughout the Advent and
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