Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Bach's Major Vocal WorksMusic, Drama, Liturgy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Markus Rathey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300217209

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300217209.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 20 May 2022

Divine Glory and Human Suffering

Divine Glory and Human Suffering

The St John Passion BWV 245

(p.72) Chapter Four Divine Glory and Human Suffering
Bach's Major Vocal Works

Markus Rathey

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the St John Passion and its account of human suffering in the Gospel according to John in relation to a view of the death of Christ as a demonstration of his divine glory. It first provides some historical background information on the St John Passion before analysing it in greater detail. It then considers the images of Abraham Wiegner’s book Nöthige Freytags-Arbeit (Necessary Occupation on a Friday) as a visual commentary on the events of the Passion of Christ and how to understand meditative texts in Bach’s passions. It also describes the St John Passion as a piece for the liturgy and goes on to explore the Theology of Glory in the Gospel according to John. Finally, it looks at the close connection between texts and contexts in the St John Passion and explains how the chorale setting combines the Lutheran understanding of death as sleep with the highly individual perspective of the Passion of Christ in the St John Passion.

Keywords:   death, St John Passion, human suffering, Christ, divine glory, Passion of Christ, passions, liturgy

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.