Known for his music, Bach spent much of his life studying theology and the Bible, setting Lutheran doctrine and Biblical teaching to music.

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Bach and Dürer: Passion Music and Imagery
Series of woodcuts matched with selections from the St. Matthew Passion. Includes scenes from late in the life of Christ, his suffering, death, burial.
Bach: The Fifth Evangelist
Emphasizes the religious education and theological understanding of the composer as a means of understanding and appreciating his compositions.
Canons: Why Did Bach Write Them?
Essay concludes that canonic processes may have held profound theological significance for the composer.
An Evangelical Musical Genius: "J. S. B.: S. D. G."
Evaluation of Bach's overt Christianity, Lutheran heritage, and commitment to Reformation doctrine.
Fugue No. 4: C-Sharp Minor
Theological connotations of the piece from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book I with an analysis and performance in Shockwave format. From Sojourn by Timothy A. Smith.
J. S. Bach: Orthodox Lutheran Theologian
A brief study his theology, examining whether he was an Orthodox Lutheran, a Pietist, or a Rationalist. Includes endnotes, annotated bibliography, and a brief time line.
J.S. Bach in Japan
Uwe Siemon-Netto makes claims that the composer's religious music is evangelizing Japan and preparing hearers for Christianity.
Meaningfulness in Bach's Cyclical Works
This article examines pattern and meaning in the canons and other parts of the composers' works, both sacred and secular. Includes VCD sound.
Table Talk: What Language Shall I Borrow To Thank You, Dearest Friend?
Lutheran Ministerium and Synod of the United States newsletter includes article on the religious works of Bach.
When Did Bach Find Time to Pray?
Brief examination of the gematria, or number patterns in his compositions, suggesting that their careful placement was part of his prayer and meditation.
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