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In Spirit and in Truth : The Music of African American Worship - Melva Wilson Costen

In Spirit and in Truth

The Music of African American Worship


Published: 9th November 2004
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Melva Costen explores the various genres of music used in African American worship. Moving beyond a traditional sociopolitical analysis, Costen examines music for worship in African American congregations through biblical, historical, theological, and liturgical lenses. Tracing the development of music in African American worship back to its roots in Africa, she surveys its emergence and its use in camp meeting songs, black-metered hymns, anthemized spirituals, Pentecostal music traditions, and contemporary gospel music. Costen concludes by offering models and suggestions for helping chose who plan worship to listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit and to continue listening during worship to discern how the Holy Spirit may be leading us. This important, groundbreaking work ultimately challenges music and worship leaders to reclaim and affirm traditional African American spirituality and its presence in African American music experienced in worship.

African foundations of African American liturgical musicp. 1
Africans in Americap. 26
African American hymnodyp. 43
The evolution of gospel musicp. 74
Instruments in worshipp. 103
Music as a liturgical element in African American worshipp. 131
Western roots of theology as reflected in African American music for worshipp. 165
Music ministry in theological perspectivep. 180
African American music in the twenty-first centuryp. 193
Chronological list of African American hymnalsp. 207
Historical evolution of African American congregations and denominationsp. 219
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ISBN: 9780664228644
ISBN-10: 066422864X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 9th November 2004
Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42