For years, Uri Harel, an Israeli Hebrew teacher, was talking to everyone who was willing to listen about his idea of music in the Bible. According to an old Hebrew tradition about the creation of the world, God used the Torah as a blueprint for the work of creating the universe. The 22 Hebrew letters in pre-determined combinations were used to accomplish this task. Those letters therefore represent the physical forces used in the creation process.
Today, new evidence confirms the idea that the original text of the Hebrew Bible is multi-layered and goes much deeper than the surface story. Mysterious codes embedded in the text contain information that could not have been written by human hands. "Why," Uri asked himself, "would one of the layers of this complex text not be music?" And if there is music in the text, how would one find it? The answer Uri came up with was to assign a musical note to each Hebrew letter and let the Bible "play itself..."
The project Uri undertook became known as "Music From God, and today, that vision has produced a new CD, Days of Majesty, Each Hebrew letter in selections from eight Psalms as well as the "Song of Moses" from the Book of Exodus was assigned a tonal value according to a scheme grounded in Gematria (the science of the numerical values of the Hebrew letters) and Hebrew tradition. Then the text is 'translated' from a series of letters to a series of musical notes. Very talented, well-known musicians, with careful attention to sequence, phrasing, word breaks and vowel-sounds, scored the melody found in the text, and then produced a full-range musical piece from each one of the chapters translated.
This CD is just the beginning of what may prove to be a life-long project to translate the entire Hebrew text of the Bible into the universal language of music. This translation makes the power contained in the original Hebrew accessible to everyone, whether or not they have the time or inclination to learn the language for themselves.
Uri Harel has produced what he calls "Music from God," which consists of compositions mathematically derived from the original Hebrew text of the Bible. Harel believes the Bible contains many layers of meaning, and that one of those layers is music.
In a recent interview Harel said: "We made an astonishing discovery of encoded music in the original Hebrew text of the Bible.
Several years of research culminated in findings that may forever change the public's perception of this popular ancient document, and increase interest in it among people of all walks of life. We have found the key to transforming Hebrew letters into musical notes and have opened the way for a new kind of Bible translation—not into yet another spoken language, but into the universal language of music."
To listen to a sample and learn more, psalm_23