The Songs of Ascents: Psalms 120 to 134 in the Worship of Jerusalem's Temples

"David Mitchell's Songs of Ascents is a
fresh direction in the study of the Psalms"

Professor John Barton                
Oriel College, Oxford                

"The Songs of Ascents establishes a long-
overdue link between the worlds of Biblical 
Studies and Near Eastern Archaeomusicology."

Professor Richard Dumbrill                
University of London                

Codes hidden for 3,000 years unveil the origin of the fifteen Songs of Ascents
Mysterious marks in medieval manuscripts disclose the lost temple song
Rabbinic traditions reveal the place of the ark of the covenant
And the secret message of the Book of Psalms is laid bare

Paperback (March 2015)
xviii+292 pp.
6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 978-1508745358
US 22.49       UK 17.25       EU 20.31 

Pre-order hardback

Chap. 5. Where is the Ark of the Covenant?

Interview on New Books Network

What do you get when you cross a period-performance Director of Music with a specialist on the Psalms? Answer: The ultimate book on the Psalms in Temple worship. In this book of 120,000 words, the largest ever written on the Songs of Ascents, I wear both my hats to show how the Psalms were sung in ancient Israel.
    The Rabbis say the fifteen Songs of Ascents were sung by the Levites on the fifteen temple steps at the Feast of Sukkot. Want to know more? It's all here in fifteen chapters, with 27 pictures, 14 tables, and 29 musical examples.

Foreword by Professor John Barton, FBA
1. Books Within Books
2. Words Within Words
3. Steps Within Steps
4. Who Lies Behind Them? 
5. The Lodgings of the Holy Ark 
6. For What Event Were They Composed?
7. Who Wrote Them?  
8. The Temple Orchestra: Origins & Instruments
9. The Temple Orchestra: The Levite Singers
10. Moonlight on Moriah
11. Temple Song, Where Are You Now? 
12. Restoring the Temple Song
13. The Songs of Zion 
14. In the Latter Days
15. I Will Proclaim Your Name to My Brethren
Appendix I. Singing the Sacred Name 
Appendix II. Solomon’s temple 
Appendix III. The Hebrew calendar 
Appendix IV. Revia mugrash and oleh ve-yored
Glossary, bibliography, and index.