Behold the Lamb of God - Andrew Peterson
The TRUE Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ.
“This Christmas will be the fifth consecutive year that I’ve performed what I hesitantly call a musical about the birth of Christ. The reason ‘musical’ doesn’t really work is that when we think of a musical we usually think of people dressed like donkeys and evenings full of badly delivered speaking parts. What makes this bunch of songs unique is that I wanted to remind (or teach) the audience that the story of Christmas doesn’t begin with the birth of Jesus. Many people tend to forget or have never even learned that the entire Bible is about Jesus, not just the New Testament.
So the musical begins with Moses and the symbolic story of the Passover (Passover Us) and works its way through the kings and the prophets with their many prophecies about the coming Messiah (So Long, Moses) to the awful four hundred years of silence before God told Mary she’d be having a baby (Deliver Us).
After the song called Matthew’s Begats, which lists the genealogy of Jesus, the story picks up in more familiar territory with Mary and Joseph and the actual birth (It Came To Pass, Labor of Love). The final song is called Behold, the Lamb of God, which ties together the Passover and the beauty and scope of the story.” — Andrew Peterson
“If you buy only one Christmas CD this year, let it be this one. No doubt, Mr. Peterson is one of the finest singer/songwriters in Christian music. On ‘Behold’ he is joined by some of the other best of the best, including Fernando Ortega, Derek Webb, Jill Phillips and Sandra McCracken. The result is an organic album that relies on strength of writing faithful to Scripture, expert musicianship on everything from piano to hammered dulcimer and vocals that are pure and honest. What you will hear is a new classic in the making.” -– Dallas Morning News
Anyone who can make wonderful music out of the begats is my hero. The Dallas Morning News reviewer was right -– this is a new classic.