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Kinnor Harp כִּנּוֹר

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posted on Oct, 26 2016 @ 05:57 PM
Greetings ATS, long time no see.

The Sea of Galilee where Christ taught is called Lake Kinneret in modern Israel. It is widely believed that this Hebrew name for Galilee comes from it being shaped like a traditional Jewish harp, a "Kinnor"; it is a very ancient Hebrew name for Galilee. This is the traditional Jewish stringed instrument that David and the psalmists would have played in a rudimentary form.

Wikipedia Sea of Galilee

Lake or Sea of Kinneret The modern Hebrew name, Kinneret, comes from the Hebrew Bible, the main source of the Christian Old Testament, where it appears as the "sea of Kinneret" in Numbers 34:11 and Joshua 13:27, spelled כנרות "Kinnerot" in Hebrew in Joshua 11:2. This name was also found in the scripts of Ugarit, in the Aqhat Epic. Kinneret was listed among the "fenced cities" in Joshua 19:35. A persistent, though likely erroneous popular etymology of the name presumes that the name Kinneret may originate from the Hebrew word kinnor ("harp" or "lyre"), in view of the shape of the lake.[6] The scholarly consensus though is that the origin of the name lies with the important Bronze and Iron Age city of Kinneret, excavated at Tell el-'Oreimeh.[7] However, there is no evidence that the city of Kinneret itself was not named after the body of water rather than vice versa, or for the origin of the town's name.

"The harp - kinnor. This is a well-known stringed instrument, employed commonly in sacred music. It is often mentioned as having been used to express the pious feelings of David; Psa_32:2; Psa_43:4; Psa_49:5. It is early mentioned as having been invented by Jubal; Gen_4:21. It is supposed usually to have had ten strings (Josephus, “Ant.” B. x. ch. xii. Section 3). It was played by the hand; 1Sa_16:23; 1Sa_18:9. The “root” of the word kinnor, is unknown. The word “kinnor” is used in all the languages cognate to the Hebrew, and is recognized even in the Persian. It is probable that the instrument here referred to was common in all the oriental nations, as it seems to have been known before the Flood, and of course the knowledge of it would be extended far. It is an oriental name and instrument, and from this word the Greeks derived their word κινυ´ρα kinura. The Septuagint renders it κιθα´ρα kithara and κινυ´ρα kinura.

I am a long time guitar player and to see the resemblance still of the dreadnought acoustic body to the Kinnor is very beautiful.

How beautiful to entertain the possibility that Jesus teaching by the Lake, that the Hebrews called Lake Harp (Lake Kinneret) traditionally, was deliberate to relate to David. David started out as a shepherd playing his harp in the fields while tending his flock. We know how much Jesus used the metaphor of the Shepherd tending his Flock. To this day Pastors still refer to the congregation as their flock. David was of course Christ's ancestor and Jesus is called Son of David. David was an incredible poet and he played his songs to God on a harp, much as say Bob Dylan would play his acoustic guitar in our time.

Yesterday is still with us today. The past reverberates like plucked strings in a soundbox. This all came to me early one morning a few days ago. It was a flash of spiritual insight. I have had those a few times. May be just wishful thinking and an active imagination?

Did you know that all the old poems were recited with music? Homer's poems, that are nearly as old as David's Psalms were also sang rather than orated, also religious and heroic in theme. The performances would take many hours apparently. That is where the expression "harping on" comes from. On that score Bob Dylan receiving the Nobel Literature Prize is a kind of acknowledgement to the original way of performing poetry, in song.

Very best wishes to you all.

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