Religion, Numerology and Harmonics

In the first century AD, Philo of Alexandria recognized that the tribal narrative in Genesis describing creation as occurring in one "week" was actually a definition of the universe and God as a 7-tone scale. As a result, Philo concluded that Moses, putative author of the first five books of the Bible - Torah ("Law") to Jews and the Pentateuch to Christians - must have understood tuning theory long before Pythagoras brought it home to Greece.

The Biblical emphasis on twelve sons as eponymous ancestors of twelve tribes who built an altar of twelve stones can be interpreted as the twelve idealized "boundary markers" in a cyclic octave needed for Davidic musicology. This pattern was long symbolized in the concentric circles of the Babylonian astrolabe, which divided the year into twelve ideal months of 30 fictitious days superimposed on the heavens. As Ezekiel's "wheel in a wheel" and "throne of heaven," this was the harmonic symbolism of a 2:1 musical octave of twelve equal-tempered tones applied to the Cosmos.

In the Old Testament, Solomon was the 13th son of David who took 13 years to build the Temple of Jerusalem. Here again we find a 2:1 octave completed on the 13th step. Solomon himself was described as very powerful with 12,000 horsemen, confirming the 12-tone division.

King Solomon was said to have ruled for 40 years. Similarly, Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days (twice) and the Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness. The Great Flood was also described as raining for 40 days and 40 nights. These and many other instances of the number 40 in the Bible correspond to the "god-number" 4 or 40 associated with the Sumerian creation/water god Enki and Babylonian Ea. As described in my last post, it was symbolic of a 4:3 musical perfect fourth and used to represent the voice of Ea (Enki) in Babylonian sacred music (see link in comments).

Plato said the perfect fourth was "4:3 mated with 5" and part of the Pythagorean triangle 3 x 4 x 5 = 60. Indeed, 60 is the god-number of the Sumerian god of heaven Anu (Egyptian Anu-bis) and cognate with the 6-point "Star of David" and musical major sixth.

It can be no coincidence that a musical major sixth representing the ratio 5:3 = 1.666 is the most resonant interval in an octave and that Solomon had 666 talents (=27 kg) of "gold" to build his musical temple. The "Beast" of the Bible is harmonic resonance.

Many more musical symbolisms are proposed in "The Forgotten Harmonical Science of the Bible" by Ernest G. McClain, though this offers only a small glimpse into an ancient Vedic harmonic science that must lie at the very heart of theology and the rise of civilization.