Ancient Psalms for the Church Today
A joint publication of Christian Studies Press and Austin Christian Acappella Music.
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What is the Psalter/Commentary Project?
The goal of this project is to publish a multi-volume psalter for use in corporate worship and in personal study and devotion. The project is unique in its purpose and method. It grew out of the recognition that reading, studying, and singing Psalms, which once was common practice for Christians, has decreased over the last century. Because the Psalter instructs Christians in the words and movement of worship, Mark Shipp, Professor of Old Testasment, initiated a project to set the psalms to music.
In this prototype, Psalms 1-20 are set to music with accompanying commentary synopses. Ultimately, the musical compositions will be accompanied with new translations of each psalm and full commentaries provided by a number of Old Testament scholars. Composers reference the scholars' notes in their compositions, "creating insightful and fresh interpretations of each psalm in a musical setting," explains Shipp. In addition, Timeless seeks to bridge the gap between contemporary and traditional worship styles. Two or three muscial settings will be provided for each psalm: a more traditional setting, a comtemporary one and sometimes a chant.
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