The Music of the Bible Revealed - Numbers 6:22-27

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This is Suzanne Haïk-Vantoura's restitution of the Priestly or Aaronic Blessing (Numbers 6:22-27), as performed by the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble aka SAVAE ( on their CD, ANCIENT ECHOES. This video includes both tracks (the original and the reprise) as performed by SAVAE.
This slideshow includes the consonantal Hebrew Masoretic Text and modified versions of the transliteration and translation provided by Lev Software. The vocal and instrumental arrangements and harmonies are SAVAE's, but the ancient melodic line and modality were inferred by SHV from the Masoretic Text (Letteris Edition).
Here the melodic ornaments are slightly altered by SAVAE on two or three words, to reflect (so they say) what the Babylonian Talmud tells us about certain virtuoso vocal techniques that were creeping into late Second Temple practice.
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