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March 4, 2011 - 

Many books about Handel’s Messiah focus narrowly on its music. For example, Handel borrowed from his own previous works to compose Messiah in record time. Other texts focus on Charles Jennens, the librettist for Messiah, who was equal parts theologian and poet. But in this book, Stapert explains how Handel’s music and Jennens’s text partner together in Messiah to have spiritual impact and lasting appeal. Hallelujah! (Eerdmans)

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