Leading contemporary Christian music critic to lecture at Vanderbilt

Rock critic/biblical scholar Mark Allan Powell will speak on how the Bible is used in popular contemporary Christian songs during a visit to a Vanderbilt University class on The Bible and Music.

Powell, former rock critic for the Houston Post and author of the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music, will speak at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Room G-23 of Vanderbilt Divinity School, 411 21st Avenue South.

Powell, author of more than 25 scholarly books on the Bible and theology, will play samples of some of contemporary Christian music from the 1960s to the present and examine their use of biblical references and images.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be taped for podcast on VUCast, the website of Vanderbilt News Service, at www.vanderbilt.edu/news/.

The Bible and Music class is taught by Amy-Jill Levine, Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Michael Rose, associate professor of composition at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

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