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Book of Psalms
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Psalms, Book of
Psalms, Book of The longest collection of biblical poetry in the Bible. Consists of prayers, hymns, laments, and songs covering a broad range of human experience and often used in worship in the Old Testament.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Psalms, Book of
PSALMS, BOOK OF. The book of Psalms is unique in the Bible because it is a collection of literature of prayer, praise, and meditation. If the Bible’s narrative materials relate what God has done and the prophetic literature reports what God has said, the Psalms present the response of the people to the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Psalms, Book of
Psalms, Book of. Poems sung to musical accompaniment, originally the harp. The alternative title, the Psalter, refers to a collection of songs sung to harp accompaniment. The English title, therefore, broadly defines the form employed, whereas the Hebrew title of the book, “Praises” or “Book of Praises,”
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Psalms, Book of
PSALMS, BOOK OF Poems sung to musical accompaniment, originally the harp. The alternative title, the Psalter, refers to a collection of songs sung to harp accompaniment. The English title, therefore, broadly defines the form employed, whereas the Hebrew title of the book, “Praises,” or “Book of Praises,”
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Psalms, Book Of
Psalms (sahlmz), book of, the first book of the Ketuvim, or Writings section, of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible), where it is followed by Proverbs; it is the second poetic book of the Christian ot and is found there between Job and Proverbs. The Hebrew tradition calls it tehillim, meaning “Praises.” The name
Psalter
Psalter (sawl´tuhr), a name designating the biblical book of Psalms. See also Psalms, book of.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Psalms, Book of (Writing)
PSALMS, BOOK OFName of the BookThe book of Psalms is a collection of Heb. songs, hymns, and poems taken from various periods in the history of Israel. The book itself furnishes no title, nor is such a title found anywhere else in the OT. The nearest approach to a title is seen in Ps 72:20. “The prayers
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Psalms, Book Of
Psalms, Book ofOften called the hymnal of the Second Temple, the book of Psalms provides a window through which ancient Israel’s response to God’s presence, or absence, may be viewed. The 150 psalms in the MT give voice to a panoply of human emotions, sometimes sublime but at other times embarrassingly
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Psalms, Book of (Writing)
Psalms, Book of. †The first book of the third division of the Hebrew canon, the Writings; a varied collection of prayer, poetry, and songs of faith. In the Hebrew Bible the book is entitled tehillîm “praises” or “songs of praise.” The English title derives from the Gk. title (LXX) Psalmoi “songs.”
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Psalms, Book Of
PSALMS, BOOK OF A collection of 150 religious songs that were used in the Temple liturgy of Israel before and after the Exile. They are the masterwork of prayer in the Old Testament. Called in the Hebrew sēper tĕhillîm, “book of praises,” the Psalter is a work of praise and worship. It is likewise a
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Psalms, Book of
Psalms, Book of (Gk. ψαλμοί, ‘songs, accompanied by string music’), in the Hebrew Bible the first of the ‘*Hagiographa’. The Book contains 150 Psalms, variously enumerated. By combining Pss. 9 and 10 of the Hebrew *Massoretic text (followed by the BCP version, AV, and other non-Catholic English Bibles),
Psalter
Psalter. The term denotes: (1) the biblical Book of *Psalms as used, in appropriate translations, in the worship of the Church, and (2) the actual book containing the Psalms for such use.(1a) In the Western Church. The earliest Latin Psalters were translated from the *Septuagint. The most ancient complete