About

My name is Bob MacDonald. My profession is Software. I am a partner (retired) in the firm that makes the GX product line. Our software is used round the world. My wife and I have four children and two grandchildren.

I am a private student of Hebrew. I have completed two fellowships at the University of Victoria in the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, one with a research project on repeated word patterns in the Psalms, and a second on the music embedded in the Hebrew text.

My translation of the Psalms with its comprehensive analysis of word recurrence patterns, is Seeing the Psalter. It was the first step in the project briefly introduced in this poster. My second book on the Bible is The Song in the Night. It tells the story of the Old Testament based on the musical score embedded in the text itself.

In 2015, I wrote a program to transform Hebrew Text into Music XML. Believe it or not, this was intended by the writers of the Hebrew text and they had never heard of programming. But they knew chironomy and what they did was encode the hand signals into the text syllable by syllable. This encoding process clearly shows our shared capacities. See the music page for more information on how to access the files.

I was born in Montreal, Canada in 1945, educated at Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville and at McGill University, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1967. I have spent my working life in data processing, working first for IBM, then at the BC Systems Corporation, and then self-employed as a teacher of systems across North America. In 1984, I helped re-establish Anthony Macauley Associates, a software firm which has been recognized in Canada and around the world as a provider of Financial Management and Monitoring and Evaluation software.

Contact: you can get in touch via my Twitter handle @drmacdonald

By the way: I welcome feedback and suggested corrections. There are errors of judgment. They appear to me when I come across similar phrases and I say - How did this word get here? Or I rescue a careless synonym so I can use it in a new situation. The computer seems to find these for me, but it is really just a bit random.

Addendum Aug 12, 2018 at 90% complete more or less.

I have serious doubts about my sanity in undertaking this project. It is, you should know, the product of faith in Jesus. He said to me (not in so many words), how can you know my thoughts if you do not learn my language?

I am not a scholar. But I do want to know what is going on in the so called religious world. And I have discovered a lot. I show my rough work in the hope that it might help others in some way.

These languages (Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Latin) are mystifying and foreign to me. The scholars are insightful, but they too have their own needs within their own professional areas. Some of them are wonderfully knowledgeable but they may hide their identity. Some are very helpful. Some are sometimes just plain wrong.

My training was in mathematics and physics. But most of my experience is in the management and development of software systems. And in the management and growth of a family over 50 years, with four children, two of which have special needs due to brain injuries.

I am getting old. Like the grey-haired of Judea in Ezra 6, building the temple. I run the risk of being put off by my enemies, just as they did. They might not even know they were my enemies. Probably not. I create them by my internal thoughts!

Anyway, if you follow my work - take care. I will not knowingly mislead you, but I may be materially wrong at times. Certainly, there can be no exhaustive completeness in this work. But it is a real human endeavour, and though it is madness, I hope to complete it in some sense while I have sufficient light and before I can no longer work.

One thing I have done that is unique to date in the history of the Hebrew Bible. I have read the text with a program and produced the musical scores that are implicit in the accents of the Aleppo and Leningrad codices. The music reveals the text more than any other tool.