Thursday, February 13, 2014

Singing the Scriptures - The Music of Jonah 4:1-5

Just how difficult is it to remember that Jonah was in the belly of a fish for three days (in this tale of the reluctant prophet)?  Easy.  Just how difficult is it to remember that Jonah is a first-class pain in chapter 4 where we hear the reason he ran away from the command of his God? This part of the story is not as famous as the fish.

So here is the (draft) music for Jonah 4:1-5. I have not compared this with the Aleppo codex because I am currently concentrating on the psalms and my eyes can only stand so much scanning of ancient manuscripts at a time.

But the music tells the story - what will we discover from the ornaments and the interpretation which a song allows?

Jonah is furious. The musical ornament we have been following in this series appears twice in this section on the character of Yahweh as slow to anger. And then on Jonah's refuge under his shelter that he made for himself.  the making of the shelter (booth) has a new ornament on it. We will see this later again. Jonah is watching for the judgment of the city...