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THE JOSEPH STORY AS IF CHANTED
– A Seemingly Endless Shalshelet
My version of the Genesis story about Joseph is a series of, to date, 89 tapestries woven to the verses that advance the narrative.
Shalshelet is the name of the longest of the cantillation tropes or short melodies used in chanting the Hebrew Bible; it is used only four times in the Torah. Its written symbol is a zigzag line which is fitting for the back-and-forth, and up-and-down moving melody. In illustrating the emotional Joseph story, I chose to emphasize my choice of one key word or phrase within a verse with a metallic thread – echoing how cantillation melody lines (in the Masoretic text) are chosen for emphasis.