Photo by Kavaler/Art Resource, New York, NY

ON THE COVER: King David plays his harp in this detail from “Genealogy of the Virgin.” Painted by the Dutch artist Gerard David (1460–1523), this work resides in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France. It was David’s musical skill that gave him his first “big break.” For other examples of how music has influenced biblical events, turn to the Bible Quiz, “Music in the Bible.”