A Musician
Any person who performs music.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Minstrel. Archaic term for musician (2 Kgs 3:15; Ps 68:25; Mt 9:23 kjv; Rv 18:22).See Music and Musical Instruments.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
MINSTREL* Archaic term for musician (2 Kgs 3:15; Ps 68:25; Mt 9:23; Rv 18:22).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
MINSTREL. In the OT a player upon a stringed instrument, common in the royal courts of Assyria, Egypt and Palestine. David played his harp to soothe King Saul (1 Sam 16:23), and Elisha called for a minstrel, perhaps to quiet his mind to receive God’s message (2 Kgs 3:15). One occurrence in the NT (Mt
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Minstrel. The Hebrew word in 2 Kings 3:15 properly signifies a player upon a stringed instrument like the harp or kinnor [Harp], whatever its precise character may have been, on which David played before Saul, 1 Sam. 16:16; 18:10; 19:9, and which the harlots of the great cities used to carry with them
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
MINSTREL (Heb. mnaggēn, one “striking” the lyre). This word occurs twice in the KJV (2 Kings 3:15; Matt. 9:23), once in the NASB (2 Kings 3:15), and not at all in the NIV. In the NASB and NIV the expression in Matthew is changed to “flute-players.” In 2 Kings 3:15 Elisha, in the presence of the confederate
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Minstrel(Matt. 9:23), a flute-player. Such music was a usual accompaniment of funerals. In 2 Kings 3:15 it denotes a player on a stringed instrument.
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Musicians. Father of musicians. Jubal, “the father of all such as handle the harp and organ” (Gen. 4:21).
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Minʹstrel, a player upon a stringed instrument like the harp (2 Kings 3:15). In Matt. 9:23 the “minstrels” were flute-players employed as professional mourners.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
FLUTE-PLAYERS.—Flute-playing is referred to twice in the Gospels: once in the narrative as an expression of sorrow (Mt 9:23 αὐλητάς, AV ‘minstrels,’ RV ‘flute-players’); and once in the Lord’s teaching as an expression of gladness (ηὐλήσαμεν Mt 11:17 with the parallel passage Lk 7:32 ‘we [have] piped’).
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
MINSTREL KJV term for musician (Matt. 9:23). Modern translations have “flute players” or “musicians.” These musicians were hired to assist in mourning the child’s death. See Grief and Mourning.
Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, Volumes I–IV
MusicMusic, whether it be the vibrations of simple idiophones, the artistic use of the human voice, or the performance of sophisticated compositions with ornate instruments, was heard in every culture of the ancient world and enriched daily life at all levels of society. Nonetheless, our present ability
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Mariamin Mosaic
Mariamin MosaicAn extraordinary floor mosaic showing female musicians on stage was found by chance in 1960 at Mariamin, ca. 50 km southwest of Hama in Syria. The mosaic occupied the full width of an apsidal room in a badly preserved building of unknown function. A peopled scroll that celebrates the