Document Type

Article

Keywords

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

Disciplines

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

Abstract

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.

Article Number

1022

Publication Date

2002

Comments

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.