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There Is A Balm In Gilead [spiritual] (voice + keyboard)

Composer
spiritual
Year of composition
1850
Year of arrangement
2017
Lyricist
anonymous
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Voice + keyboard
Instrumental parts

"There Is A Balm in Gilead" is a traditional United States African American spiritual. The “balm in Gilead” is a reference from the Old Testament, but the lyrics of this spiritual refer to the New Testament concept of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Balm of Gilead is interpreted as a spiritual medicine that is able to heal Israel (and sinners in general). In the Old Testament, the balm of Gilead is taken most directly from Jeremiah chapter 8 v. 22: "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my [God's] people?" (Another allusion can also be found in Jeremiah chapter 46, v. 2 and 11: “This is the message (of the Lord) against the army of Pharaoh Neco … Go up to Gilead and get balm, O Virgin Daughter of Egypt, but you multiply remedies in vain; here is no healing for you” - see also Jeremiah chapter 22, v. 6.

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