Review of The Sacrifice of Isaac: The Reception of a Biblical Story in Music. Dowling Long’s knowledge of the story’s reception is mind-boggling…. Long has taken on an insurmountable amount of research, and through her concise and organized style of writing writes a book that is as accessible as can be achieved given its technical details. It is certainly a book to have on the shelf regardless of one’s expertise in art or music. Karen Langton, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception.