Monday, June 1, 2009

Temple Music 2

Here is an interesting theory about the cantillation marks in the Hebrew Bible as musical notation.

Here and here are some examples of the singing of Biblical texts based on this theory.

For more see here.

(I have no idea how speculative this type of reconstruction might be.)


Anthony E. Larson said...

It's not speculative at all. Singing is part of all sacred ritual in religious traditions, as is music and sound, such as the ringing of bells, beating drums, the sounding of trumpets, choirs, etc. Using the voice in sacred liturgy is proper. In fact, the most holy name, pronounced only by the High Priest once a year within the Holy of Holies (Yahweh) was actually sung, just as is a mantra. The name itself is actually onomatopoeia, using the human voice to duplicate a sound once heard from the heavens (eeeeaaaaooooowwwwwayyyy), which can be easily duplicated using modern audio equipment and the same electronic oscillations as those that created the original interplanetary oscillations that became audible and were heard to come from Earth's ancient skies. It is the fabled "music of the spheres."

Grandpa Enoch said...

I agree that music and singing (and possibly dance) was a crucial part of Temple liturgy. The speculative part is whether this particular reconstruction of the music is accurate.