Citation information:

Ernest G. McClain, "A Priestly View of Bible Arithmetic: Deity's Regulative Aesthetic Activity Within Davidic Musicology" in: Babette Babich, ed., Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science. Van Gogh's Eyes. and God: Essays in Honor of Patrick A. Heelan. S.J. (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002), pp. 429-443.


Arts and Humanities | Biblical Studies | Esthetics | History of Religions of Western Origin | Musicology | Other Music


Reading arithmetic proportion in the bible via musical hermeneutics, this essay emphasizes the important role of music in predominantly aural cultures. Applying Patrick Heelan's non-distributive lattice logic to examples extracted from the bible, McClain applies the notion of regulative aesthetic activity to the Davidic musicology embedded in Bible mathology. Includes several illustrative diagrams.