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A Cappella Music: In the Public Worship of the Church, 4th ed.

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In this well-researched book, prominent scholar Everett Ferguson argues that a cappella, or unaccompanied, congregational singing rests on good biblical, historical, and doctrinal grounds. Drawing from his extensive scholarly background, Ferguson combines his knowledge of Greek and Latin, ancient church history, and Christian fellowship to give meaning and context to his discussion of the power of a cappella music. Ferguson’s work is packed with insights for anyone interested in worship, music in the church, and church history.

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  • Provides historical context for Scripture relating to music in public worship
  • Includes questions for discussion in each section
  • Contains a glossary and selected bibliography
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Chapter I: The New Testament Evidence
  • Psallo: Its History and Meanings
    • The Linguistic Problem
    • Psallo in the Greek Old Testament
    • Dead Sea Scrolls
    • Greek Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
    • Josephus and Philo
    • Psallo in the New Testament
    • Psallo in Early Church Literature
    • Questions for Study
  • Context of New Testament Times
    • Temple Worship
    • Synagogue Worship
    • Philo on Music
    • Conclusion on New Testament Evidence
    • Questions for Study
  • Chapter II: The Testimony of History
    • Singing in Christian Worship
    • The Non-Use of an Instrument
    • Allegorical Interpretations of the Psalms
    • Statements Favorable to Instruments
    • Interpretations of the Word “Psalm”
    • Condemnations of Instrumental Music
    • The Significance of Culture
    • Later History
    • Questions for Study
  • Chapter III: Doctrinal Considerations
    • Nature of Worship
    • Spiritual Worship
    • Edification
    • The Classical Form of Church Music
    • Conclusion.
    • Questions for Study
  • Ancient Authors and Works Cited
  • Glossary
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index of Biblical Passages
  • Index of Jewish Literature
  • Index of Non-Christian Greek and Roman Literature
  • Index of Early Christian Literature
  • Index of Subjects
  • About the Author
  • Title: A Cappella Music: In the Public Worship of the Church
  • Author: Everett Ferguson
  • Edition: Fourth
  • Publisher: Desert Willow
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 142

Everett Ferguson (1933–) received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and served on the faculty of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, beginning in 1962, where he taught church history and Greek. He is now professor emeritus in its College of Biblical Studies and distinguished scholar-in-residence. Although he retired from full-time teaching in 1990 to devote himself to research, he occasionally teaches a few classes at ACU. He is the author of many books, including Backgrounds of Early Christianity.