Did OT Israel create anything new in terms of music?

In another thread, I encountered some statements about which I would like to know how prevalent these views are:

"There is zero evidence that OT Israel created anything new in terms of music."

"T​​​here is not a shred of evidence in or out of the Bible that Israel contributed at all to the development of world music, much less the development of scales."

What do you believe about the subject of OT Israel creating anything new in terms of music?

OT Israel did not create anything new in terms of music.
13% (1 vote)
OT Israel did create new things in terms of music.
13% (1 vote)
OT Israel may have created new things in terms of music, but we cannot be sure.
50% (4 votes)
Other: please explain by commenting below.
25% (2 votes)
Total votes: 8
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RajeshG's picture

I am not seeking any discussion about what the correct answer to this question is or may be.

GregH's picture

You can read any music history book and here is what you will read about ancient Israeli music: nada. 

While Pythagoras was discovering the ratios between musical intervals, while musicians during the time of Plato were developing modal music, Israel came up with absolutely nothing musical that stood the test of time.

Rajesh is going to say the Psalms is the contribution. He will be wrong. Poetry is not music and even if the Psalms were sung, the musical tunes were apparently quite forgettable since none of them survived.