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  • TORCH: The Jerusalem Temple Song in the Cantillation of Psalms 136 and 137 On 7 February I will give a talk called ‘The Jerusalem Temple Song in the Cantillation of Psalms 136 and 137’ for The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:42 AM by David Mitchell
  • SOTS: The Origins of the Masoretic Cantillation I'm very grateful to the Society of Old Testament Studies for inviting me to read a paper called "The Origins of the Masoretic Cantillation" at their centenary conference earlier ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 1:10 PM by David Mitchell
  • 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 Jan 6, 2017, 1:10 PM 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
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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. 

My current project is writing a paper for the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (7 February 2017) on 'The Jerusalem Temple Melodies 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 4 February 2017, we have our Candlemas Scratch Messiah (dir. Pam Clements). Then, on Good Friday, 14 April, I will lead the Bach Matthäus-Passion. At the end of June we will have the Mozart Organ Solo Mass. In between we will have choral evensongs and other events.  

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