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Neginoth and Nehiloth

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I recently had the privilege of convening a conference entitled Neginoth and Nehiloth, in which (as I’m sure you will deduce from the title) world-renowned theologians covered classic songs accompanied only by stringed or wind instruments (cf. Psalm 5; 6; 54 etc).

I was a little concerned that it would be too niche an event, but punters turned out in their droves to hear Carson’s flute rendition of Rihanna, and Ben Witherington’s unforgettable medley of Green Day songs accompanied by viola and bassoon.
 
The seminar streams proved to be a great success, with theologians singing songs that had influenced particular aspects of their theology. Proceedings were generally calm and respectful, with only a mild amount of controversy in ‘The Eschatology Lounge’ following Rob Bell’s performance of Imagine, which sparked a slew of responses including impassioned covers of ACDC’s Highway to Hell and Berlinda Carlisle’s classic Heaven is a Place on Earth.

We shall endeavour to make all the content available in the coming weeks - you have got to see Thomas Schreiner’s mandolin rendition of Kanye’s Jesus Walks! - but in the meantime, here’s N.T. Wright’s cover of Bob Dylan’s When the Ship Comes In from the opening plenary session:

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