Very Sad News: David Steinmetz has Died

Steinmetz-01Professor Steinmetz passed away yesterday, Thanksgiving Day.  Duke’s bio of the great man says

Professor Steinmetz is a specialist in the history of Christianity in late medieval and early modern Europe. In recent years he has concentrated on the history of biblical scholarship and learning in Europe from 1350 to 1600.

Before coming to Duke in 1971, he taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary of the United Church of Christ.  He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Notre Dame universities as well as the Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor at Emory University. Additionally he served as a Guggenheim Fellow at Cambridge University and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Duke August Library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

He is the general editor since its founding of the series, Oxford Studies in Historical Theology, and is currently writing a book for Oxford entitled, The Catholic Calvin. He is a United Methodist minister and a former president of the American Society of Church History, which awarded him its Distinguished Career Award in 2010. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

No one who has studied the Reformation is unfamiliar with his name and work.  May he rest in peace.  He is truly a giant upon whose shoulders we all stand and see further than we would without him.

Black Friday

It’s common practice in left leaning circles to poo poo shopping and sales and ‘commercialism’ and all things related to economic growth.  Meanwhile, they also lament the plight of the poor.

This contradictory attitude has never made any sense to me.  The fact is, the people who work at stores and who would be without jobs and without resources were it not for people who did go shopping and who did spend money over the holidays would be worse off were all commercial transactions done away with.

You can’t lament poverty and lament the only means by which to eradicate poverty (i.e., work) at the same time.  If left leaning folk REALLY care about the poor they’ll go to their local mom and pop store where only 5 or 6 people work and spend some of that money they’re shoveling away into their retirement plans (which make money only for the well off bankers and investors).

Maybe the left needs to put up (some money at the store) or shut up about the economic situation of the lower classes.

The Bible in Music

The Bible in Music: A Dictionary of Songs, Works, and More
By Siobhán Dowling Long and John F.A. Sawyer.

There have been numerous publications in the last decades on the Bible in literature, film and art. But until now, no reference work has appeared on the Bible as it appears in Western music. In this new dictionary Siobhán Dowling Long and John F. A. Sawyer seek to rectify the situation by providing for the first time a convenient guide to musical interpretations of the Bible.

Alongside examples of classical music from the Middle Ages  through modern times, Dowling Long and Sawyer also focus on the impact of the Bible on popular culture with numerous entries on hymns, spirituals,  musicals, film music, and contemporary popular music.

Siobhán Dowling Long is an Irish musicologist and musician, known primarily for her work on the reception of the Bible in music. A contributor to scholarly journals and edited collections, she is the author of The Sacrifice of Isaac: The Reception of a Biblical Story in Music (2013). She lectures in University College Cork, and lives close to Blarney Castle with her husband Fiachra, son Cillian and daughter Bláthnaid.

John F.A. Sawyer is a Scottish biblical scholar, best known for his pioneering works on reception history including The Fifth Gospel: Isaiah in the History of Christianity (1996) and A Concise Dictionary of the Bible and its Reception (2009). He is also editor of the Blackwell Handbook of the Bible and Culture (2012) and co-editor of the Blackwell Bible Commentary Series. He is now retired and lives with his wife Jean on the North East Coast of England within easy reach of New College Edinburgh where he is an Honorary Fellow.

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