OLD STORIES AND THE HEART BEAT WITHIN
Early Christianity In Its Song And Verse
Like so many periods of human history, the period examined and illustrated in author Robert J. Glendinning’s new book Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse is rife with conflict: marching Roman legions, the fall of empires, invasions, religious conversions, persecutions, and the clash of reason and faith. Defying conventional wisdom, this work of creative non-fiction uses poetry—the lyrics of ancient Latin hymns—translated into English verse, to tell a story.
In Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse, published through FriesenPress, two levels of story-telling create a picture of the world of early Christianity. The tumultuous and dramatic external history of this 1000-year era from CE 300-1300 is outlined in the introductions, notes, and commentary. The interior mind of the era, its spiritual experience, is revealed from the inside in the hymn lyrics composed by those who lived at the time and participated in its struggles. Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse is decidedly user friendly, offering the reader a variety of ways of reading and using the work. Those with little or no previous knowledge of the subject will find in the notes and commentaries information that ranges from very basic to an advanced level.
Critical assessment: “ . . . provides a blend of scholarship and creative translation focusing on Christianity’s formative years. . . . valuable and satisfying . . . . as remarkable as Glendinning’s work as a translator is, the academic writing is even more impressive . , , . he rolls out all this worthy material without the unnecessarily complicated jargon that mars many similar scholarly —Kirkus Reviews
Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse by Robert J. Glendinning is available for purchase from the FriesePress Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and most online retailers. The eBook can also be purchased from Nook, Kindle, GooglePlay and iTunes Bookstore. Canadian academic Robert Glendinning obtained his BA and his MA degrees at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and his PhD at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was a member of the Department of German and Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba until his retirement in 1996.
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