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Gittith
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Gittith
Gittith (הַגִּתִּית‎, haggittith). A term included in the titles of several psalms (Psa 8:1; 81:1; 84:1). It may be a liturgical term or a reference to a type of music or musical instrument.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gittith
Gittith. Obscure Hebrew term in the superscriptions of Psalms 8; 81, and 84; perhaps a musical instrument or a musical cue, signaling a mood, to which the psalms were to be performed.See Music and Musical Instruments.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Gittith
GITTITH* Obscure Hebrew term in the superscriptions of Psalms 8, 81, and 84 (nlt mg); perhaps a musical instrument or a musical cue, signaling a mood, to which the psalms were to be performed. See Music; Musical Instruments.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Gittith
Gittith (git´ith), a Hebrew word that appears in the superscriptions to Pss. 8; 81; and 84. Because its meaning is uncertain, it is often left untranslated (“according to the Gittith”). Some translators have sought to explain the term via the Hebrew gath, “(wine) press” or through some reference to the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Gittith
GITTITH. A term found in the titles of (Ps 8, 81, 84). It is a feminine adjective derived from Gath but with an uncertain meaning. It may denote a musical instrument manufactured at Gath. If this is right, the titles would mean “on the lyre which was brought from Gath.” Some regard the term as denoting
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Gittith
Gittith (Heb. gittɩ̂ṯ)An obscure term found in psalm superscriptions (Pss. 8, 81, 84), always as part of the phrase ʿal-haggittɩ̂ṯ, typically translated “according to The Gittith” (NRSV, NIV; cf. NJPSV). Like other terms with ʿal in the psalm superscriptions, it is likely a technical term denoting
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Gittith
Gittith [gĭtˊĭth] (Heb. gittîṯ). A term of unclear meaning which occurs in the superscriptions to Pss. 8, 81, 84. The instruction that the psalms be performed “according to The Gittith” (so RSV) may refer to a tune or musical style associated with Gath, the accompaniment of a musical instrument
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Gittith
Gittith, a musical instrument, by some supposed to have been used by the people of Gath, and by others to have been employed at the festivities of the vintage. Ps. 8, 81, 84.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Gittith
GIT´TITH (gitʹith). A musical term in the titles of Pss. 8, 81, and 84. It may refer to a musical instrument characteristic of Gath.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Gittith
Gittitha stringed instrument of music. This word is found in the titles of Ps. 8, 81, 84. In these places the LXX. render the word by “on the wine-fats.” The Targum explains by “on the harp which David brought from Gath.” It is the only stringed instrument named in the titles of the Psalms.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Gittith
GittithGittith, a Hebrew word appearing in the phrase al ha-gittith. Of uncertain significance, it appears at the beginning of Psalms 8, 81, and 84. It is often left untranslated (‘according to the Gittith’), though some translators have sought to explain the term via the Hebrew gath ‘(wine-)press’
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gittith
GITTITH [GITT ith] (from Gath) — the feminine form of Gittite (a native or inhabitant of Gath), used in the titles of Psalms 8, 81, and 84. At least three different meanings are possible:1. A musical instrument used, or perhaps manufactured, in Gath—and to be used as an accompaniment to the singing
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