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Dissenting PraiseReligious Dissent and the Hymn in England and Wales$
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Isabel Rivers and David L. Wykes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545247.001.0001

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John Rippon and Baptist Hymnody

John Rippon and Baptist Hymnody

(p.95) Chapter 4 John Rippon and Baptist Hymnody
Dissenting Praise

Ken R. Manley

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 examines the influence of John Rippon (1751–1836) on the development of Baptist hymnody both in Britain and North America. By means of careful selection and editing, including some doctrinal changes, Rippon’s A Selection of Hymns (1787) met the needs of Baptist congregations during a time of rapid expansion and theological change. His Selection, enlarged several times, became the main book used by Baptists well beyond his own lifetime. Rippon introduced the Calvinistic Baptists to many of the songs of the evangelical revival. Complementing this hymn-book was his companion Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1791) and an arrangement of the Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of Isaac Watts (1801). His hymnodic work both reflected and helped shape the public worship and devotional life of the denomination. Rippon is shown to be a major figure in the development of Baptist hymnody.

Keywords:   John Rippon, Baptists, Isaac Watts, hymnody, hymn editing, hymn tunes, devotional life

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