HYMNS, EARLY CHRISTIAN. The term “hymn” is derived from the Greek word hymnos, which in classical Greek from Homer on means a song of praise in honor of the gods, heroes, and conquerors. In the NT it is used in reference to songs of praise honoring the God of Israel (Matt 26:30; Mark 14:26; Acts 16:25).
Hymns, Early ChristianLike the spokes of a wheel, canonical hymns display characteristics which are further developed in subsequent Christian circles to the 5th century. For example, the hymns in Revelation may reflect Roman court ceremonial, just as the symposium by Methodius of Olympus reflects dynamics
Christ HymnThe genre known as Christ hymn is a NT form. Its dominant motif is to praise the person and work of the incarnate Christ. As such, the genre is an outgrowth of the OT praise psalm, its hallmark being that the object of praise has now become specifically Christ. The Christ hymn also has strong