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Dr. Siobhán Dowling Long speaking on RTE Radio 1's 'Arena', 31st Oct

9 Nov 2016
Dr Siobhán Dowling Long in St Fin Barre's Cathedral Photo: Provision

Dr. Dowling Long speaks about her international award winning book The Bible in Music on RTE Radio 1's 'Arena' programme on Monday, 31st October 2016.

RTE Radio 1 'Arena' Show on 31st October 2016 was on the book - The Bible in Music. Alongside Dr. Dowling Long, the panel included Nóirín Ní Riain and Peter Murphy (author/musician). Music taken from the book itself was played during the show. Click here to link to RTE Radio 1's podcast of the 31st of October show.

The Bible in Music: A Dictionary of Songs, Works and More is the first book of its type, and lists the music and musicians from plainchant to Lady Gaga who have referenced the Bible in their lyrics. The book also shows how the Bible, the best-selling book of all time, is open to multiple interpretations and how down through the ages it has been appropriated, subverted, sanitized to further the political agendas and religious beliefs of certain people.

Music has played a major role in teaching people of faith and none about the Bible, its characters, stories, and sayings, as well as keeping it alive in individual and collective imaginations.  For example, the Bible is at the heart of music for the FA Cup Final at Wembley (Abide with Me), the English Rugby Union (Swing Low, Sweet Chariot), international dance productions (Lord of the Dance), film music (Fifty Shades of Grey; Home Alone II; The Empire Strikes Back; Shrek), musicals (Jesus Christ Superstar; Godspell) and in music heard on the radio, in supermarkets, and elsewhere (Judas by Lady Gaga; Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen).

Written by Dr Siobhán Dowling Long from the UCC School of Education and Professor Emeritus John F. A. Sawyer (Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Lancaster), The Bible in Music is a treasure trove of music - from classical to pop and rock - all based on or inspired by the Bible.

The Bible in Music won first prize in the USA 2016 International Book Award in the category “Religion: General”.  It also received a "recommendation" from the influential American Library Association publication Choice (Current Reviews for Academic Libraries). The book is published by Rowman & Littlefield and is available from Amazon, Waterstones, and all good bookshops. It is also available as an e-book from itunes.

Dr Siobhán Dowling Long, UCC is a musicologist, musician and educationalist known primarily for her work on the reception of the Bible in music.  Emeritus Professor John F. A. Sawyer is a Scottish biblical scholar best known for his works on Isaiah, and reception history of the Bible. Click here to access Dr. Dowling Long's research and teaching profile at UCC.

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