Sunday, March 29, 2015

Summary status

I realize I have posted a status this month, but this one is a little different, and will be a model for subsequent posts every month or two depending on progress.

The task is to read in Hebrew and report each chapter or section in music, in English, with recurring word tables, and semantic domain analysis, all computer aided.

What is done so far?

1. Seeing the Psalter. The text and recurrence patterns in the Psalms are in book form and will not be repeated on the blog for now. The book is the base for my work on the rest of the Tanakh. It is, of course, itself subject to change. Every new piece of data has ripple effects in the perception of the overall pattern of information in the words of Scripture. Therefore every new piece of data may impact my prior decisions. All the data for the book is in the database so the impact is mediated through automation. The changes may find themselves in a subsequent edition. They are for the most part very minor at present.

2. I had previously also 'translated' Job, the Song, Ruth, Jonah, Lamentations, and Qohelet. These were all very rough and preliminary work. As I look through them now with a tiny bit more understanding of the accents, and with my computer control of concordance, I see how rough they are. So they are all being put through the grinder a second or third time according to the process outlined in my earlier post. That status report probably makes for difficult reading. The monthly report will be perhaps more interesting, summarizing the month's work, if any.

3. Posts to date which represent readings that have gone through my process
This month (March)
Job 3, the beginning of the Poetry in Job
Song chapters 1 to 3Song 4
Genesis 1, the first 6 days
Genesis 2:1-3, the seventh day
Last two months (February - January 2015)
Lamentations 1, 3
Last year
Lamentations 1, Hebrew and English (whether the same as above or not, I do not know at this point)

I have more than these done, Job 1 and 2, Eccl 1 and 2, but I don't see them in the blog - O well... Maybe later they will appear. Eventually I will come up with a more fixed format - hmmm later in the project of course. A long project does have that impact of learning and tool development. It is unavoidable.

4. The music and miscellaneous other notes are at this link. This is in various stages done over the last year and a half. As I do each new section, I will be regenerating the score if it has changed for any reason. The software from last spring (version 2.5) is somewhat behind what I currently generate (version 3.1). There are still a few rare bugs in syllabification. These can be caused by unexpected sequences of accents in the syllables. They are rare and are usually obvious. But I may not be able to fix them in the program, so the score may have to be manually adjusted.

At 7 chapters a month I will not finish in fewer than 100 months - aauugghh! That's more like 10 years than 5. I'll be nearly 80.

And if we be so bold, four score years... Help, I need somebody. Help, not just anybody. Just not a committee with an agenda!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Song chapter 4

Chapter 4 is through the mill for the third time and to mix a metaphor, the hair, those she-goats curled up on the hillside, are gradually being combed into place.

The Song is of course a very important piece both of love poetry and of theology. Not to be warbled in taverns, as Rabbi Akiva warns.

I have used perfection for words related to the כלל root. This simple change avoids the sister - bride glosses that are so famous. It is true that sister/bride is fully justifiable theologically, for if the bridegroom be Christ (for example), we are the body, the bride and indeed the friends, and the kin (brother, sister) of the groom. Pardon me if I have combined and mixed several overlapping New Testament (and Old Testament) metaphors. You should note that the title, role, and presence of Christ (= Messiah, = Anointed, etc) is bigger than the historical human Jesus, though again theologically, he illustrates with perfection the acts of his kin, his bride, his body, and friends. Equally, that same Spirit that informed the Anointed Jesus, also informs our understanding and experience as it did the experience and understanding of the poets of the Tanakh. Nonetheless, my perfect one or some such other doting gloss is just fine in a love poem. Especially when the perfection is bought with such a price.

Perfection is a kind of completeness, or consummation (כלה from כלל) - and note that it can be seen as trouble also since a consuming fire (עשׁ כלה) is part of the mix. Remember the last verse of Zephaniah 1.
גַּם־כַּסְפָּ֨ם גַּם־זְהָבָ֜ם לֹֽא־יוּכַ֣ל לְהַצִּילָ֗ם בְּיוֹם֙ עֶבְרַ֣ת יְהוָ֔ה וּבְאֵשׁ֙ קִנְאָת֔וֹ תֵּאָכֵ֖ל כָּל־הָאָ֑רֶץ
כִּֽי־כָלָ֤ה אַךְ־נִבְהָלָה֙ יַֽעֲשֶׂ֔ה אֵ֥ת כָּל־יֹשְׁבֵ֖י הָאָֽרֶץ ס
Even their silver, even their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of Yahweh's fury, but in the fire of his jealousy all the land will be devoured.
For surely, a consuming vexation he will make for all those inhabiting the land. S

The Gospel includes, of course, the destruction as well as the completeness imagery, a fullness into which all the living are invited.

The word repetition of the Song, chapter 4, shows best if you break the chapter between verses 7 and 8. Verses 1-7 are shown to be bound by beautiful and friend. The second section is dominated by Lebanon, (לבנון, lebanon) a word that is anticipated by frankincense (לבונה, lebonah) in verse 6. So Lebanon is not a distant country but a part of the body of the cherished perfection. Similarly the other geographical names are metaphor. I have shown you the tables below though they are producible by hand with a little effort if you colour the words on the screen with your markers. Don't use permanent ink and don't use the mouse for scrolling. Stickits could work.

Host in verse 5 is not in the Hebrew, but is implied by the sound of the word for gazelle (צבה) and a reminder that the Lord of Hosts (צבא), is in the mix in all of this. Hence no trifling. Let love be genuine.

הִנָּ֨ךְ יָפָ֤ה רַעְיָתִי֙ הִנָּ֣ךְ יָפָ֔ה עֵינַ֣יִךְ יוֹנִ֔ים מִבַּ֖עַד לְצַמָּתֵ֑ךְ
שַׂעְרֵךְ֙ כְּעֵ֣דֶר הָֽעִזִּ֔ים שֶׁגָּלְשׁ֖וּ מֵהַ֥ר גִּלְעָֽד
Just look at you, beautiful, my friend. Just look at you, beautiful, your eyes doves from within your headscarf,
your hair like a troop of she-goats curled up on the hillside of Gilead.
שִׁנַּ֙יִךְ֙ כְּעֵ֣דֶר הַקְּצוּב֔וֹת שֶׁעָל֖וּ מִן־הָרַחְצָ֑ה
שֶׁכֻּלָּם֙ מַתְאִימ֔וֹת וְשַׁכֻּלָ֖ה אֵ֥ין בָּהֶֽם
Your teeth are like a troop of shorn sheep that have ascended from the wash such that all of them are bearing twins and there is not one among them bereaved.
כְּח֤וּט הַשָּׁנִי֙ שִׂפְתֹתַ֔יִךְ וּמִדְבָּרֵ֖יךְ נָאוֶ֑ה
כְּפֶ֤לַח הָֽרִמּוֹן֙ רַקָּתֵ֔ךְ מִבַּ֖עַד לְצַמָּתֵֽךְ
Like the thread of scarlet are your lips and your words lovely,
like a slice of the pomegranate your temple from within your headscarf.
כְּמִגְדַּ֤ל דָּוִיד֙ צַוָּארֵ֔ךְ בָּנ֖וּי לְתַלְפִּיּ֑וֹת
אֶ֤לֶף הַמָּגֵן֙ תָּל֣וּי עָלָ֔יו כֹּ֖ל שִׁלְטֵ֥י הַגִּבּוֹרִֽים
Like the tower of David your neck, built for an arsenal,
the thousand shields hang on it, all the escutcheons of the valiant.
שְׁנֵ֥י שָׁדַ֛יִךְ כִּשְׁנֵ֥י עֳפָרִ֖ים תְּאוֹמֵ֣י צְבִיָּ֑ה
הָרוֹעִ֖ים בַּשּׁוֹשַׁנִּֽים
Your two breasts and like two twin faun of the gazelle host that pasture among the lilies.
עַ֤ד שֶׁיָּפ֙וּחַ֙ הַיּ֔וֹם וְנָ֖סוּ הַצְּלָלִ֑ים
אֵ֤לֶךְ לִי֙ אֶל־הַ֣ר הַמּ֔וֹר וְאֶל־גִּבְעַ֖ת הַלְּבוֹנָֽה
Till the day dawns and the shadows withdraw,
I will myself come to the mountain of myrrh and to the hillock of frankincense.
כֻּלָּ֤ךְ יָפָה֙ רַעְיָתִ֔י וּמ֖וּם אֵ֥ין בָּֽךְ
You are all beautiful, my friend, and there is no spot in you.
אִתִּ֤י מִלְּבָנוֹן֙ כַּלָּ֔ה אִתִּ֖י מִלְּבָנ֣וֹן תָּב֑וֹאִי
תָּשׁ֣וּרִי ׀ מֵרֹ֣אשׁ אֲמָנָ֗ה מֵרֹ֤אשׁ שְׂנִיר֙ וְחֶרְמ֔וֹן מִמְּעֹנ֣וֹת אֲרָי֔וֹת מֵֽהַרְרֵ֖י נְמֵרִֽים
With me from Lebanon, perfection, with me from Lebanon you will come.
You will scrutinize from the head of Amana, from the head of Shenir and Hermon, from lions' dens, from the mountains of leopards.
לִבַּבְתִּ֖נִי אֲחֹתִ֣י כַלָּ֑ה
לִבַּבְתִּ֙ינִי֙ באחד בְּאַחַ֣ת מֵעֵינַ֔יִךְ בְּאַחַ֥ד עֲנָ֖ק מִצַּוְּרֹנָֽיִךְ
You have ravished my heart, my sister, perfection.
You have ravished my heart with one glance from your eyes, with one pendant from your neck.
מַה־יָּפ֥וּ דֹדַ֖יִךְ אֲחֹתִ֣י כַלָּ֑ה
מַה־טֹּ֤בוּ דֹדַ֙יִךְ֙ מִיַּ֔יִן וְרֵ֥יחַ שְׁמָנַ֖יִךְ מִכָּל־בְּשָׂמִֽים
How beautiful is your caress, my sister, perfection.
How much better is your caress than wine and the fragrance of your ointments than all spices.
נֹ֛פֶת תִּטֹּ֥פְנָה שִׂפְתוֹתַ֖יִךְ כַּלָּ֑ה
דְּבַ֤שׁ וְחָלָב֙ תַּ֣חַת לְשׁוֹנֵ֔ךְ וְרֵ֥יחַ שַׂלְמֹתַ֖יִךְ כְּרֵ֥יחַ לְבָנֽוֹן
Your lips drop honeycomb, perfection.
Honey and milk are under your tongue, and the fragrance of your apparel like the fragrance of Lebanon.
גַּ֥ן ׀ נָע֖וּל אֲחֹתִ֣י כַלָּ֑ה
גַּ֥ל נָע֖וּל מַעְיָ֥ן חָתֽוּם
A garden hedged my sister, perfection,
a billow hedged, a spring sealed.
שְׁלָחַ֙יִךְ֙ פַּרְדֵּ֣ס רִמּוֹנִ֔ים עִ֖ם פְּרִ֣י מְגָדִ֑ים
כְּפָרִ֖ים עִם־נְרָדִֽים
Your shoots are a paradise of pomegranates, with quality fruits,
henna with spikenard.
נֵ֣רְדְּ ׀ וְכַרְכֹּ֗ם קָנֶה֙ וְקִנָּמ֔וֹן עִ֖ם כָּל־עֲצֵ֣י לְבוֹנָ֑ה
מֹ֚ר וַאֲהָל֔וֹת עִ֖ם כָּל־רָאשֵׁ֥י בְשָׂמִֽים
Spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense,
myrrh and aloes, with all preeminent spices.
מַעְיַ֣ן גַּנִּ֔ים בְּאֵ֖ר מַ֣יִם חַיִּ֑ים
וְנֹזְלִ֖ים מִן־לְבָנֽוֹן
A spring of gardens, a well of waters, living and flowing from Lebanon.
ע֤וּרִי צָפוֹן֙ וּב֣וֹאִי תֵימָ֔ן הָפִ֥יחִי גַנִּ֖י יִזְּל֣וּ בְשָׂמָ֑יו
יָבֹ֤א דוֹדִי֙ לְגַנּ֔וֹ וְיֹאכַ֖ל פְּרִ֥י מְגָדָֽיו
Be roused, north wind, and come, south wind. Blow upon my garden. Let its spices flow.
Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its quality fruits.
Repeating roots Verses 1-7
Word / Gloss123456789101VSSStem
הנך just look at you
יפה beautiful
רעיתי my friend
הנך just look at you
יפה beautiful
מבעד from within
לצמתך your headscarf
כעדר like a troop of
מהר on the hillside of
כעדר are like a troop of
שׁכלם that all of them
מתאימות are bearing twins
אין there is not
מבעד from within
לצמתך your headscarf
כל all
שׁני two
כשׁני like two
תאומי twin of
הרועים that pasture
הר the mountain of
כלך you all
יפה are beautiful
רעיתי my friend
אין there is no
Verses 8-16
Word / Gloss1234567891012345678VSSStem
מלבנון from Lebanon
כלה perfection
מלבנון from Lebanon
תבואי you will come
מראשׁ from the head of
מראשׁ from the head of
לבבתני you have ravished my heart
אחתי my sister
כלה perfection
לבבתני you have ravished my heart
באחת with one
מעיניך glance from your eyes
מה how
דדיך is your caress
אחתי my sister
כלה perfection
מה how much
דדיך is your caress
וריח the fragrance of
מכל from all
בשׂמים spices
כלה perfection
וריח the fragrance of
כריח like the fragrance of
לבנון Lebanon
גן a garden
נעול hedged
אחתי my sister
כלה perfection
נעול hedged
מעין a spring
פרי fruits
מגדים quality
נרדים spikenard
נרד spikenard
כל all
כל all
ראשׁי preeminent
בשׂמים spices
מעין a spring of
גנים gardens
ונזלים and flowing
לבנון Lebanon
ובואי and come
גני my garden
יזלו let flow
בשׂמיו its spices
יבא let come
דודי my beloved
לגנו to his garden
פרי fruits
מגדיו its quality