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Piety in Song: Spiritual Themes in Brethren Hymnody

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by Peter E. Roussakis
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Piety in Song: Spiritual Themes in Brethren Hymnody by Peter E. Roussakis

Hymns in German piety were written to serve as meditations and to teach individuals how to become better followers of Jesus.

This volume highlights the spiritual themes of the Brethren as illuminated in their hymnody from their beginnings through the three hundred years to 2008. Some of the areas to be examined include: the thinking and influences which shaped what hymns Brethren chose to sing; the themes of which the Brethren authors wrote; which hymns Brethren hymnal compilers and committees chose to include; which tunes the Brethren chose to accompany their hymns; why Brethren musicians composed the tunes as they did; and the manner in which the Brethren rendered their singing. Included, therefore, is a discussion of the major Brethren hymn book publications, hymn text writers and translators, hymn tune composers, and worship and singing practices. Specific attention is given to examples of hymn texts which highlight the distinctive themes and characteristics of Brethren spirituality in the various eras of Brethren life and thought.


Dr. Peter Roussakis has a long and distinguished career which included his being Senior Pastor of First Brethren Church, Burlington, Indiana, and the Charles Wesley Professor of Sacred Music, Emeritus, Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, Indiana.

He was lecturer on Brethren Hymnody for the Fifth Brethren World Assembly, July 2013. For the 300th Anniversary Conference of the Brethren in Richmond, Virginia, July 2008, he served on the Joint Worship Committee, and as Conference Choir Director and Hymnology Lecturer. For many years Dr. Roussakis was Pianist and Song Leader for District and General Conferences of The Brethren Church.

In his academic career he holds degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Boston University School of Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Foundation. Additional study was taken at the Royal School of Church Music, Ohio University, Ashland Theological Seminary and Harvard University.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 164
Size: 3.3 MB
Publisher: Apostolos Publishing Ltd
Date published:   2016
ISBN: 9781910942499 (DRM-EPUB)

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Nonfiction > Religion > Christianity > Christian Rituals & Practice > Worship & Liturgy
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