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Mellifluous music in early western Christianity

Abstract:

This chapter explores the place of ‘sweet music’ in the early Western Church and its subsequent influence on the earliest theologies of music, of creation, and of God. The author begins by reflecting on the account of 4th-century bishop of Minorca, Severus, and his description of music’s role in the Christian conversion of Jews on the island. There it served as a miraculous and ‘mellifluous assault on the senses’, something that could evoke both del...

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10.4324/9781315585314

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Theology Faculty
Sub department:
Theology and Religion Faculty
Oxford college:
Christ Church
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Series:
God's Song and Music's Meanings
Host title:
God's Song and Music's Meanings
Publication date:
2019-07-23
Acceptance date:
2017-02-01
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842418
ISBN:
9781315585314
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pubs:842418
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uuid:770f3a26-7036-4ffb-bbd7-49b458122b26
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pubs:842418
Deposit date:
2018-04-20

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