- Series: American Musicspheres (Book 2)
- Paperback: 203 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pap/Com edition (March 27, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195161815
- ISBN-13: 978-0195161816
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship (American Musicspheres) Pap/Com Edition
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"In his fascinating The Lord's Song in a Strange Land, Jeffrey Summit, rabbi and Hillel director at Tufts University, studies the link betwen music and identity--spiritual and cultural--in five very different metropolitan Boston congregations....Well-written [and] accessible to anyone interested in the role of music in prayer."--Jerusalem Post
"An illuminating study that shows the importance ethnographic research can have in contributing to Jewish musical scholarship....Through well-written studies such as this one, we may gain a broader and more nuanced understanding of synagogue musical expression, less as a test of historical trajectory than as a place where history and legitimacy are constantly subjected to rich layers of negotiation."--Language, Literature, and the Arts
"Jeffrey Summit's well-researched book on contemporary Jewish worship in America is a superb way of understanding what keeps Jewish communities inspired and motivated."--Elie Wiesel
"Useful to students in general religious as well as musical studies...this work gives an insider's insights and understanding, and a scholar's attention to the world of Jewish diversity." --Notes
"Lucidly written and argued...impressively reaches out to a number of readerships." --Journal of Religion
"Jeffrey Summit takes insider ethnography home to Boston, exploring Jewish worship across denominational lines and musical boundaries. An eye- and ear-opening exploration of the changing nature of musical tradition in American Jewish life." --Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Harvard University, author of Let Jasmine Rain Down: Song and Remembrance Among Syrian Jews
"...innovatively connects prayer and performance with broader social dynamics, examining musical sound in several dimensions and problematizing its relationship to social structure... skillfully grounded in ethnographic theory and rich with vibrant ethnographic material."--Ethnomusicology
About the Author
Jeffrey Summit is the Rabbi and Director of the Hillel Foundation at Tufts University, where he also teaches ethnomusicology and Judaic Studies.
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