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  • Seventeen reasons My forthcoming talk at the Society of Old Testament/Tanakh Studies Conference in Nottingham (January 2017) is called ‘The Origins of the Masoretic Cantillation’. There are several views on the ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2016, 12:53 PM by David Mitchell
  • The Masoretes really were Karaites One of the incendiary issues in modern Masoretic scholarship and medieval Jewish studies is whether or not the Masoretes, and particularly Aharon ben Asher, the mastermind behind the Aleppo Codex ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2016, 5:52 AM by David Mitchell
  • The Aleppo Codex We hear a lot of tragic news from Aleppo these days. Some of you will know, tho, that the most perfect of all Hebrew Bible manuscripts, called the Aleppo Codex ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 7:27 AM by David Mitchell
  • Musical function of the Masoretic accents Following on from my last blog, a little more explanation on the Masoretic te‘amim. The text of the Hebrew/Aramaic Bible is surrounded by a system of accents. There ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2016, 2:44 AM by David Mitchell
  • Oldest Christian hymn with music Did you know that the oldest Christian hymn accompanied with music notation exists in a manuscript dating from the late 3rd century AD? It was discovered among the papyri from ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2016, 8:23 AM by David Mitchell
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My name is David Mitchell. I'm a Scottish biblical scholar, Hebraist, musicologist, and musical director. Bright Morning Star is my publication site. Here you can get my new book on Messiah ben Joseph—a journey to the roots of messianism. Or visit the wellsprings of worship with last year's volume on The Songs of Ascents. Here too you can get the latest edition of the wonderful Christmas Cantatavocal scores only £7.99. Or try the tabs for other publications. If you like them, please contribute an Amazon review.

My current project is writing papers for the Society of Old Testament Studies Conference (January 2017) on 'The Antiquity of the Masoretic Cantillation' and for the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (February 2017) on 'Decoding the Masoretic Cantillation of Psalms 136 and 137'. These will form the basis for a forthcoming book, provisionally entitled, Masoretic Cantillation, Temple Song.

Here too you can find out about my work as Director of Music in Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Brussels. On December 18 we have our big Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with orchestra. In February 2017, we have Handel's Messiah, Bach's St Matthew Passion, and the Mozart Organ Solo Mass, interspersed with choral evensongs and concerts. 

If you like you can check out various academic papers I've written or download some songs and arrangements. You'll find my blog here to the right. You can contact me on precentor at holytrinity.be.