Want to know more about hymns and their composers? John Julian’s Dictionary of Hymnology contains background on every hymn and composer up to the beginning of the twentieth century. Though it was published more than 100 years ago, no book has come along since that compares with it in depth and breadth. It is still the standard reference work for hymn lovers. Hall’s Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers includes longer articles on 76 hymn writers over 100 years. Nutter and Tillet’s The Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church is an annotated version of the Methodist Hymnal. It gives background information for each hymn and biographical information on the composer.
The Hymnology Collection allows you to access the 1,600-plus pages of Julian’s work with a click. Supplement Julian’s biographies with Hall’s by pulling them up side by side. Scripture references link with the rest of your library, allowing you to see the scriptural foundation of any hymn. Near-instant search results allow you to jump right to a certain hymn or composer.