Friday, December 26, 2014
Philology is the study of a language's grammar, history and literary tradition. Biblical philology focuses on the historical development of language as it appears in the Bible.
Sounds like a boring, arcane pursuit to anyone not already immersed in it in the world of academia. But every field has its own sense of humor, and even biblical philology can be a very funny subject when combined with the comedic style of Gilbert and Sullivan, whose works include The Pirates of Penzance.
Joshua Tyra, a PhD student in Old Testament and ancient Near Eastern history, archaeology and languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, saw parallels in Gilbert and Sullivan's song I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General, and adapted the song to biblical philology using his talents as a composer, musical theater director, arranger, and piano accompanist.
The result is a hilarious romp through the world of biblical and linguistic scholarship set to Gilbert and Sullivan cadences.
We hope you enjoy this delightful biblical and linguistic excursion, followed with a video clip of the original song from The Pirates of Penzance.
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(A tip of the kippah to Dan Mosenkis for bringing this video to our attention.)