Medved, D. 2007.
BH 17:155-169. CELD ID 21464
|The music of the celestial spheres|
The first five verses of Psalm 19 depict "the music of the spheres"-the praise given by the heavens to the magnificence of G-d's created universe. I attempt to answer here the apparent contradiction in line 4 of this psalm that "their sound is unheard." Our sages and commentators vary in their interpretation of these five verses. Rashi believed that he heaves do not speak but stimulate us to gaze in awe at the wonders of G-d's creation. Maimonides, on the other hand, maintains that "the psalmist really means to describe...what the spheres actually do and not what man actually thinks of them." Ibn Ezra says that one must be well versed in astronomy to understand the celestial magnificence of Psalm 19. Five hundred years after King David, the Pythagoreans postulated that the spheres emit musical sounds but at frequencies outside the range of human hearing. These concepts were given various forms of expression in Western culture through the following twenty-five centuries, culminating with modern science. discoveries such as pulsars, gravitational waves, acoustic oscillations in the early universe, and solar ultrasound seem to confirm the secrets embedded in Scripture. If the calculated frequencies of gravitational waves were sound waves, they would be in the range of human audibility.