What was in the music of King David?

What was in the music of King David?  Key concepts of Judaism.

  • It used an ancient standard of musical tuning that was also known to the Greeks. It is called by diatonic scale; defined and documented by Issac Asimov and Guy Murchie.
  • The dimensions of a universal temple plan were used the by tones of David’s diatonic scale.  In terms of numbers of vibrations per second these tones were translated into numbers of measurement used by the masons. David tuned his lyre to these tones.  Basic units have varied from culture to culture; but the numbers had to stay true to the numbers of the vibrations/second.
  •  The opening 12 words of Judaism’s most sacred prayer, referred to as the Shema Yisrael,  forms the basis of the  blueprint that was used by King David in planning the Holy Temple, actualized by Solomon.   Hebrew, as other Middle Eastern languages, uses gematria.  This is a Greek term describing how the same symbol that represents a letter, also represents a number. Most languages, like English, use separate letter and number systems. In Hebrew every word, phrase, sentence etc. has a numerical equivalent. Those knowledgeable in Hebrew can and I’m sure will, double check my figures.
  • The key to the entire system is the two last words of Deuteronomy 6:3 that translates to “milk and honey.”:  חָלָב, וּדְבָשׁ. Their gematria is 352 which defines the vibrations per second the diatonic tone “F”. The message is this: If you follow the Law by seeking the unity of Creation with our Creator, all the lands will flow not only with music, but with “milk and honey.”
Shema Yisrael, spelled in Hebrew letters at the Knesset Menorah in Jerusalem


  •  The circumference around each of the 7 smaller circles that have a diameter of 352  is 1106.  The Shema’s 0pening 6 words (the 1st 6 words of Deuteronomy 6:4) as it is spelled in  Hebrew prayer book uses the double yud for the name of the Creator, making the total 1106. It is less by 12 than the Hebrew spelling in the Torah as you will see below.
  • בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד – “Blessed be the name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever” (these words are not found in the Torah, but is the standard six word congregational reply upon hearing the 1st 6 words). These six words total 1358. First, 358, besides being the Hebrew gematria of Messiah, defines the harmony of the third, fifth and octave to the initial tone; thus, 1358 defines the full four note musical chord.
  • 1358 + 1106 (again, the prayer book spelling of the Shema in the Siddur) = 2464, using in the 12 inch foot, totals the perimeter around the Holy Temple.  This is confirmed by the recent find of an imitation temple, built by the Samaritans, whose foundations were measured and found in the town of Nablus.  The perimeter around the inner rectangle by number in the picture below (MSPJ) is (610 + 352) x 2 = 1924. That matches the perimeter around the imitation foundations of the temple.
  • As spelled in the Torah, with the sacred 4 letter name of our Creator, the declaration of the One God totals 1118.
    ד  שְׁמַע, יִשְׂרָאֵל:  יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְהוָה אֶחָד.4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one.

    At the turn of the 1900’s a Canon of Measures was discovered by Jay Hambridge. It is based on the diagonal drawn from the upper corner of a square that bisects the base in half. This diagonal is 1.118 times longer than any of the square’s sides. Hambridge demonstrated how this 1.118 “half” diagonal forms the basis of measure of major ancient civilizations such as the Egyptian remen, Palestinian cubit, Roman pace, megalithic yard and the British yard. The Ruler, being the One God, literally rules, or in this case meaning- He measures, by the staff of the opening 6 words of the Shema.




Ancient Musical Temple Plan

 For examples of musical diatonic tones represented by numbers in the above illustration we have: D to G which represents diatonic “C” 264.  (NO) + (MP) = 880 which is an octave higher than 440.   Then DG  (264) + NO (528) = 792 which is the diatonic tone  “F”.  One begins to see how music, architecture, harmony and religion are part of the the same pattern. Moral of the story: Where there is unity, there is peace. Perhaps this concept can help?


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