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Davidic Musicology, Biblical metaphors, tuning, musical fifths and fourths, Kabbalism, septimal comma, equal temperament, sheepfold, satan's comma, YHWH, names of God


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.

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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.