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In ancient Israel, each city had a person positioned upon the wall in order to call out a warning about the approach of unexpected and possibly hostile people. This watchman had to “sound the trumpet” if an enemy was approaching, so that the townspeople could get ready for an attack. Prophets in Israel took on the function of spiritual “watchmen” (Ezekiel 3:17; Jeremiah 6:17), warning the people of impending punishment by God unless the nation changed its way.
A Shofar Symbolizes the Binding of the Evil Inclination
The Gemara (Rosh Hashana 16a) states: “Why do we use a Shofar [horn] from a ram? [Answer:] Because God said, ‘Blow before me a Shofar of a ram and I will recall the merit of “Akeidat Yitzchak”—Yitzchak’s [Isaac’s] binding on the altar. [Avraham offered-up a ram after he was forbidden to sacrifice his son]. Furthermore, I will view you as if you have bound yourselves on the altar’.”
The Walls of Jericho
Physics is pitted against a Bible story with this simple question: could a team of trumpeters really bring down the walls of Jericho?
hôrn (Hebrew and Aramaic קרן, ḳeren; κέρας, kéras; for the “ram’s horn” (יובל, yōbhēl) of Joshua 6 see MUSIC, and for the “inkhorn” of Ezekiel 9:1-11 (קסת, ḳeṣeth) see separate article):
Trumpets, Feast of
In Leviticus 23:23-25 the first day (new moon) of the seventh month is set apart as a solemn rest, “a memorial of blowing of trumpets” (the Hebrew leaves “of trumpets” to be understood), signalized further by “a holy convocation,” abstinence from work, and the presentation of “an offering made by fire.” In Numbers 29:1-6 these directions are repeated, with a detailed specification of the nature of the offering. In addition to the usual daily burnt sacrifices and the special offerings for new moons, there are to be offered one bullock, one ram, and seven he-lambs, with proper meal offerings, together with a he-goat for a sin offering.
The first mention of a wind instrument occurs in Genesis 4:21, where we are told that Jubal was the “father of all such as handle the harp and pipe.” The Hebrew word here translated “pipe” is ‛ūghābh. It occurs in 3 other places: Job 21:12; 30:31; Psalms 150:4. In the Hebrew version of Daniel 3:5 it is given as the rendering of sumpōnyāh, i.e. “bagpipe.” Jerome translations by organon. The ‛ūghābh was probably a primitive shepherd’s pipe or panpipe, though some take it as a general term for instruments of the flute kind, a meaning that suits all the passages cited.
Trumpet is in the A.V. usually the rendering of one or the other of the two Hebrew words detailed below; but besides these it occasionally stands as the representative of the following: יוֹבֵל,Exodus 19:13, the jubilee (q.v.) trumpet; תָּקוֹעִ takea, Ezekiel 7:14, prop. the blowing of the trumpet. SEE TRUMPETS, FEAST OF.
Be Ready for Attack
Blew the Trumpets
Blowing of the Trumpets
Blow the Trumpet
Blow the Trumpet In Zion
Blow the Trumpet In Zion
Gidion’s Battle with the Medianites
The Great Hailing
Levites Playing Music in the Holy Temple (1972 acrylic)
Signal to Gather
Smashing the Jars
Sneaking Up to the Camp of the Midianites
Spying the Camp of the Midianitess
Temple Court Musicians
A shofar (pron. /ʃoʊˈfɑːr/, from Hebrew: שׁוֹפָר , [ʃoˈfaʁ]) is an ancient musical horn made of ram’s horn, used for Jewish religious purposes. Like the modern bugle, the shofar lacks pitch-altering devices. All pitch control is done by varying the player’s embouchure. The shofar is blown in synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and at the very end of Yom Kippur, and is also blown every weekday morning in the month of Elul running up to Rosh Hashanah. Shofars come in a variety of sizes and shapes, depending on the choice of animal and level of finish.