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Carlyle, IL Making Music for the Lord: The Role of Choral Music in the Divi...

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The use of instrumental music in the Divine Service has always been regarded with some suspicion because it was not authorized in the Pentateuch or in the New Testament. This course considers what Chronicles has to say about its divine institution, its liturgical function, and its theological significance and how this has influenced the New Testament and the use of choral music in the Lutheran Church.


Dr. John Kleinig

Dr. Kleinig is an Old Testament theologian with a PhD from Cambridge University and honorary doctorates from Concordia Theology Seminary, Fort Wayne, and Concordia University, Irvine. He has taught courses on the Bible as a whole, on the book of Psalms as well as the wisdom books, on Old Testament theology, and on worship in the Old Testament. He pioneered the teaching of spirituality to pastoral students at Luther Seminary and has also taught two units on worship, one on its biblical foundations and the other on Liturgics.

As a teacher of theology, he is interested in integrating all the classical theological disciplines, pastorally and practically. The focus of his research and writing has been on the theology of worship and on the practice of Lutheran spirituality. His doctoral dissertation was on the function and significance of singing psalms at the temple in Jerusalem, as described in 1 and 2 Chronicles. In his commentaries on Leviticus and Hebrews, he explores how the people of God share in His holiness through their participation in the Divine Service. While he introduces Christians to the gift of prayer in a congregational study called Prayer: We Speak to God, which encourages them to pray with boldness and confidence together with Christ, he also investigates the nature and practice of Lutheran piety in Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today (Concordia, St Louis, 2008). This study of the practice of receptive spirituality deals with the disclosure of Christ’s presence with us here on earth, meditation on God’s Word for the reception of the Holy Spirit, prayer in the name of Jesus, vigilance in spiritual warfare, and participation in Christ’s holiness in our hidden journey through life with Him. Much else of what he has published can be accessed at www.johnkleinig.com.

Aged 75, he is married to Claire, a church musician and retired music teacher. He is the father of four children and proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren. His hobbies are fishing, gardening, reading novels, viewing films, and doing nothing.

Reading List:

1. Basic Reading: John W. Kleinig. The Lord's Song: The Basis, Function and Significance of Choral Music in Chronicles. JSOTSup 156. JSOT Press: Sheffield, 1993.

2. Wider Reading (accessible via the web at www.johnkleinig.com in John W. Kleinig Lutheran Theological Resources).

Bach, Chronicles, and Church Music.” Logia 9/3, 7-10, 2000.

“The Incarnation and Music.” Pages 69-79 in Marian Free and others (eds.), That Our Joy May Be Full: Essays on the Incarnation for the New Millennium, Openbook: Adelaide, 2000.

“The Mystery of Doxology.” Pages 129-47 in Paul T. McCain and John R. Stephenson, Mysteria Dei. Essays in Honor of Kurt Marquart, Concordia Theological Seminary Press: Fort Wayne, 2000.

“Singing with Grace in Our Hearts: The Function of Hymnody in Its Cultural Context.” Pages 103-17 in J. Bart Day and others (eds.), Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord: Essays in Honor of Glen Zweck, the Zweck Festschrift Committee: Housten, 2000.

“What’s the Use of Praising God?” Lutheran Theological Journal 38/2, 76-88, 2004.

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