Academic journal article The Hymn

Hymnology in the Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Harry Eskew

Academic journal article The Hymn

Hymnology in the Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Harry Eskew

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Hymnology in the Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Harry Eskew edited by Paul R. PoweU. Foreword by Terry W. York. Saint Louis: Morning Star, 2008. 407 pp. ISBN 978-0-944529-47-8. US $30.00.

It is fitting that a former editor of The Hymn be honored with twenty-five essays marking his significant contribution to education and praxis related to worship and song of the church. Harry Eskew is so honored in this new pubUcation. This teacher, mentor, coUeague, and friend for so many has had a wide influence through his briUiant pubUcations, aU of which are Usted in an eight-page bibUography as Appendix A in the resource.

Of the twenty-five entries, aU but three are new. The articles by Carlton Young, Brian Wren, and Nicholas Temperley have been modestly revised and updated from previous pubUcations. Authors are from diverse locations: Britain, Germany, and the USA. Topics are as diverse as "The Failure of the Welsh Hymn" (Alan Luff); "The Hymnological Sleuth" (Donald P. Hustad); and "Shape-Note Singing at 2500 Feet" (Joel F. Reed). EspeciaUy impressive are tiie two contributions by Terry W. York in the foreword, and in his essay "Hymns and Spiritual Formation." His is a powerful mandate for the centraUty of song in the church, and he poses deeply probing questions to assist in bringing to fuU potential the writing and use of hymns. …

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