The Christmas Encyclopedia 3d Ed

Author: William D. Crump
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476605734
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This considerably expanded third edition of The Christmas Encyclopedia (2001) adds 281 new entries, bringing the total number of Christmas topics to more than 760. Continuing in the format of the previous editions, a wide variety of subjects are included: individual carols and songs; historical events at Christmastime; popular Christmas symbols; Christmas plants, place names, and stamps; and celebrations in countries around the world, including the origins of some of the most cherished traditions in the United States. Unique to this work is its emphasis on Christmas as depicted in the popular media, with entries covering literary works such as Call Me Mrs. Miracle and Silver Bells, classic television series such as Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie, motion pictures such as Arthur Christmas and Santa Clause 3, and television specials expressing holiday themes.

Curious Commercials

Author: Daniel J. Weitner
Publisher: CSS Publishing
ISBN: 0788017586
Size: 49.64 MB
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The nativity is more than a warm and fuzzy feeling of longing for universal peace that envelops the earth around the end of the year. It's also not just a sign pointing to something greater in our lives. In trenchant messages that are liberally sprinkled with contemporary illustrations, Daniel Weitner reminds us that to know what Christmas is all about, we don't need to look outside Bethlehem... beyond the manger... or past the baby Jesus. Instead we should focus on the birth of Jesus the redeemer -- it is the wonderful event! "Describing earthy events with celestial significance, Daniel Weitner discerns divine activity in some of life's most mundane moments. Curious Commercials, a cluster of Advent meditations, is an excellent exposition of Incarnation theology." Parker T. Williamson Executive Editor, The Presbyterian Layman A veteran of 25 years of pastoral ministry, Daniel J. Weitner is currently pastor of First Presbyterian Church in North Arlington, New Jersey, a parish situated in the heart of the Meadowlands suburbs of New York City. He holds a B.A. degree in English literature from Grove City College (Pennsylvania) and an M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

The Supernatural Revamped

Author: Barbara Brodman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1611478650
Size: 44.31 MB
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This book presents the supernatural as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk characters, their literary representations, or popular media. Instead, we move around the world and into the twenty-first century, reshaping legends into a post-modern image that is psychologically and socially relevant.

Sacred Music Drama

Author: Carl Gerbrandt
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1452032572
Size: 50.93 MB
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“The indelible imprint of sacred music drama throughout history is undeniable . . . and its resurgence in the twentieth and twentieth-first centuries stirs the curiosity.” Carl Gerbrandt, in pursuing these issues, has brought to our fingertips a stimulating historical perspective on sacred music drama as well as an extensively annotated list of repertoire. Years of research have gone into providing information on centuries of sacred music dramas/operas which for the most part have been known to very few. Included in these pages of his Second Edition are over 330 sacred music dramas/operas, each with scholarly and practical information that will be of interest and great value to the opera director, the performer, the scholar, the conductor and the church musician. Gerbrandt's SETTING THE STAGE section is an enlightening overview of sacred music history. The repertoire selected includes works from the Middle Ages to works being written today. Each work is reviewed with regard to the source of libretto, the style and difficulty of its musical content, the date and location of the first performance, the number of acts and scenes, and the performance length of the work. Additionally, each role is listed by name and voicing, and in most cases, the vocal range is indicated. The choral demands, orchestrations and dance requirements are identified. A thorough plot synopsis as well as the location of scores and parts is given. Ten appendices cross-reference textual sources and topical content while assisting in the selection of works for worship services or theatrical performances. Select contact information of publishers and composers in also included. Sacred Music Drama: The Producer’s Guide fills a long standing void by acquainting directors, students, performers and interested readers with the numerous sacred music dramas which are available.

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