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David's Harp, though it has much to say about the Psalms, The Song of olmon and the Old Testament books, has more interest as musicology than as belles-ettres. It will best satisfy students of Jewish musical traditions. The authors relate the proliferations of musical forms and instruments to the growth and wanderings of the Hebrew people from the days of Abraham to the fall of Jerusalem and the rise of Christianity. The framework, while giving continuity, allows both or developed characterizations of the patriarchs and for inclusion of the findings of modern scholars, archaeologists and students of Christians liturgy. Many Christian forms are Hebrew in origin. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai and destroyed the Golden Calf, he was showing his people that their true sprit was in the soul and not in graven images. Thus the utility of Hebrew music was that it sustained a religious and intellectual traditions without benefit of idols.

Publisher: World-New American Library