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Book of the Month - January 2019

Our first Book of the Month of 2019 is The Bible in Music, by Robert Letellier.


Robert Letellier is Cambridge Scholars Pubishing’s most prolific author, with over 100 titles to his name. Many of these titles are on French Grand Opera and more specifically the work of Giacomo Meyerbeer. However, Robert is also deeply interested in the wider intersection of religion and music, particularly as it pertains to Christianity.  

This book explores the relationship between the Bible and the world of music, an association that is recorded from ancient times in the Old Testament, and one that has continued to characterize the cultural self-expression of Western Civilization ever since. It surveys the history of this relationship from the end of the Roman Empire to the present day, and contains a detailed bibliography, an iconography, and an index of biblical and musical references, themes, and subjects. 


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJAN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2019.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


"Robert Ignatius Letellier has set himself a daunting task in this substantial volume: a detailed look at music inspired by the Bible. [...] Letellier has diligently covered as much as possible over the course of 550 pages ... [and] the overall result is impressively informative."

--George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, December 2017

"The text despite the complexity of the subject is interesting and readable and includes beautiful illustrations. Its significance as a reference work is underlined by its comprehensive bibliography combined with 11 indices covering topics such as composers, themes, librettists and works. This work complements the author’s earlier text Bible and Art. It is of use to music lovers as well as those interested in both Christianity and European culture."

--Robert Gibson

"This must be a unique reference book as few scholars can write authoritatively on both the Bible and music. Dr Letellier is a scholar of both. [...] This book is beautifully written ... and I was personally intrigued by his insights into Meyerbeer. I would highly recommend this book."

--Ian Rogers

"Robert Letellier's productivity and his wonderful understanding of music, history, religion and context of time and place with regards to composition is brilliantly brought to the fore in this beautifully produced book, which offers such a wealth of easily digestible information. It is also a superior reference book for anybody interested in the topic at hand. In the five chapters he covers biblical themes in music, pulling out for example characters from the Old and New Testament, representations of choral music, and oratorical and dramatic music with biblical themes in opera and ballet. Throughout the text many pieces are selected for detailed description and the myths that relate to the music often explained: sections of the libretti are also given where helpful. This is an astonishing repository of knowledge, utterly user friendly and so well organised that anybody interested in music, but particularly in sacred music, opera and oratorio should have it on their bookshelves. Cambridge Scholars Publishing have produced another book of outstanding quality and have included in the middle a section of 258 largely coloured images to augment a very professional book."

--Michael Trimble


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