Monday, February 9, 2015

The sermon on the mount sung in Hebrew to the cantillation rules of Suzanne Haik Vantoura

What would the sermon on the mount sound like in Hebrew if it were sung to the scheme of Suzanne Haik Vantoura? This question occurred to me and I did a little search to see if I might find out if anyone had already done the work of signing the Hebrew NT. It turns out there is one copy from Ezekiel Margoliouth. You can read it on the archive here.

But it would be hard to type even something as short as the sermon from scratch - so hmmm... let's see what could be done?

First we'll see if it copies - then we'll add the cantillation - then we'll see if Jacobson and his rules will help or if I will just wing it. Then we'll compare to the fuzzy manuscript.
וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁר רָאָה אֶת־הֲמוֹן הָעָם וַיַּעַל אֶל־הָהָר וַיֵּשֶׁב שָׁם וַיִּגְּשׁוּ אֵלָיו תַּלְמִידָיו׃א
וַיִּפְתַּח אֶת־פִּיהוּ וַיּוֹרֶה לָהֶם לֵאמֹר׃ב
אַשְׁרֵי עֲנִיֵּי הָרוּחַ כִּי לָהֶם מַלְכוּת הַשָּׁמָיִם׃ג
אַשְׁרֵי הַמִּתְאַבְּלִים כִּי־הֵם יְנֻחָמוּ׃ד
אַשְׁרֵי הָעֲנָוִים כִּי־הֵם יִירְשׁוּ־אָרֶץ׃ה
אַשְׁרֵי הָרְעֵבִים וְהַצְּמֵאִים לִצְדָקָה כִּי־הֵם יִרְוָיֻן׃ו
אַשְׁרֵי בַּעֲלֵי־רַחֲמִים כִּי־הֵם יְרֻחָמוּ׃ז
אַשְׁרֵי בָּרֵי לֵבָב כִּי־הֵם יֶחֱזוּ אֶת־אֱלֹהִים׃ח
אַשְׁרֵי עֹשֵׂי שָׁלוֹם כִּי־הֵם יִקָּרְאוּ בְּנֵי־אֱלֹהִים׃ט
אַשְׁרֵי הַנִּרְדָּפִים עֵקֶב צִדְקָתָם כִּי לָהֶם מַלְכוּת הַשָּׁמָיִם׃י
אַשְׁרֵיכֶם אִם־יְחָרְפוּ אִם־יִרְדְּפוּ אֶתְכֶם וּבַשֶּׁקֶר יָבִיאוּ דִבַּתְכֶם רָעָה בַּעֲבוּר שְׁמִי׃יא
שִׂישׂוּ וְגִילוּ כִּי שְׂכַרְכֶם הַרְבֶּה מְאֹד בַּשָּׁמָיִם כִּי־כֵן רָדְפוּ אֶת־הַנְּבִיאִים אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ לִפְנֵיכֶם׃יב
OK it copies - later - in the morning, I'll add the cantillation - doesn't work in this editor - I'll do it in Word 2010 where I can get the characters in the right places - tricky.

If (it's a big if) Jesus was to have sung the sermon (imagine if all sermons had to be sung - there would be a lot fewer preachers), then maybe this is like listening....

bate breath - the next post has the text and score.  I will get busy and do a recording too.