Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ah, bright wings

A new table of contents emerging in my dreams - every one of its 300+ entries a bright star, a coat of many colours. Will I find it?

John has been encouraging us to learn to see without the Masoretic markings - perhaps it is the next necessary step. What patterns can I recognize without the points? Certainly plurals, often i and o vowels where the 'letter' is waw or yod - essentially a mater. There was a rule on pronouncing the leading waw - usually ve but sometimes u or va depending on what followed - I have forgotten. And when is the suffix waw like an O or like U? - it's a game of word recognition. How little we need to see a word in our native writing system. How we can struggle with the strange tongue? (Psalm 114 - In Exitu Israel de Aegypto, domus Iacob de populo barbaro.)

My ultimate table of contents will have to be at least 306 entries - two each per psalm (4 each for 119?) - each psalm with 2 diagrams: one in raw form exploring the inner verbal structure and one in prosodic form, compact, and without vowel points. The challenge for the ah-bright-wings of the table of contents is to fit 300+ links into a viewable form.

The silver dove with gold pinions of psalm 68 - is that the gift of the Spirit? If so, it would pair with verse 19. Here's a rough cut


יב )aDonAY YITEn )omER
אֲדֹנָי יִתֶּן אֹמֶר
My Lord gave a word

HàmbàsROth TsAbA) RAb
הַמְבַשְּׂרוֹת צָבָא רָב
the women publishing are a great host

יג màLkèY TsbA)Oth YIDoDUn YIDoDUn
מַלְכֵי צְבָאוֹת יִדֹּדוּן יִדֹּדוּן
kings of hosts gallop away (YIDoDUn YIDoDUn, YIDoDUn YIDoDUn)

UnVàth BàYIth TXàLèQ ShALAL
וּנְוַת בַּיִת תְּחַלֵּק שָׁלָל
she who remained at home shared the spoil


יד )Im TIShkbUn BèYn ShphàTAYIm
אִם תִּשְׁכְּבוּן בֵּין שְׁפַתָּיִם
if you rest between the ash-heaps

kànphèY YOnAH nEXPAH bàkESEph
כַּנְפֵי יוֹנָה נֶחְפָּה בַכֶּסֶף
- the wings of a dove covered with silver

V)EbROthEYHA BiRàQRàQ XARUTs
וְאֶבְרוֹתֶיהָ בִּירַקְרַק חָרוּץ
and her feathers with yellow-green gold


טו BphARès ShàDàY mLAkim BAH TàShLèg BTsàLmOn
בְּפָרֵשׂ שַׁדַּי מְלָכִים בָּהּ תַּשְׁלֵג בְּצַלְמוֹן
the Almighty will spread the kings there white as snow in Salmon


טז HàR )eLoHim HàR BAShAn HàR GàbnuNim HàR BAShAn
הַר אֱלֹהִים הַר בָּשָׁן הַר גַּבְנֻנִּים הַר בָּשָׁן
The hill of God the hill of Bashan the hill of mountain peaks the hill of Bashan


יז LAMAH TRàTsDUn HARim GàbnuNim
לָמָּה תְּרַצְּדוּן הָרִים גַּבְנֻנִּים
Why be jealous O hills of mountain peaks

HAHAR XAmàD )eLoHim LShIbTO
הָהָר חָמַד אֱלֹהִים לְשִׁבְתּוֹ
This hill is God's delight for his dwelling

)àph YY YIShkon LAnETsàX
אַף יְהוָה יִשְׁכֹּן לָנֶצַח
Indeed, the LORD will make his tent here in perpetuity


יח REkEb )eLoHim RIBothàYIm )àLphèY ShIn)An
רֶכֶב אֱלֹהִים רִבֹּתַיִם אַלְפֵי שִׁנְאָן
the chariot of God - tens of thousands, thousands, myriads

)aDonAY bAm SinàY BàQoDESh
אֲדֹנָי בָם סִינַי בַּקֹּדֶשׁ
the Lord is there, [as at] Sinai, in the holy place


יט `ALithA LàMAROm ShAbithA ShEbi
עָלִיתָ לַמָּרוֹם שָׁבִיתָ שֶּׁבִי
you are gone up on high captives you have captured

LAQàXTA màTAnOth BA)ADAm
לָקַחְתָּ מַתָּנוֹת בָּאָדָם
you have received the gifts of humanity

V)àph SORRim LIShkon YAH )eLoHim
וְאַף סוֹרְרִים לִשְׁכֹּן יָהּ אֱלֹהִים
even the rebellious, in the tent of Yah God

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Because the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Gerard Manley Hopkins

1 comment:

beyond the dimensions said...

Bob. I'm facinated at what's going on here. Can you break down the process for me.. in 200 or less words. Give me a macro view of how you do exactly what it is you're doing. Warmly. df