Psalms

Book of Psalms in Wikipedia

Psalms (Hebrew: Th'hilliym; Modern: Tehillim‎, תְהִלִּים, or "praises") is a book of the Hebrew Bible. Taken together, its 150 sacred poems express virtually the full range of Israel's faith. The word psalms is derived from the Greek ψαλμοί (psalmoi), perhaps originally meaning "songs sung to a harp", from psallein "play on a stringed instrume...

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Book of Psalms in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE

LITERATURE I. Introductory Topics. 1. Title: The Hebrew title for the Psalter is cepher tehillim, "book of praises." When we consider the fact that more than 20 of these poems have praise for their keynote, and that there are outbursts of thanksgiving in many others, the fitness of the Hebrew title dawns upon us. As Ker well says, "The book be...

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Book of Psalms in Smiths Bible Dictionary

The present Hebrew name of the book is Tehill'im, "Praises;" but in the actual superscriptions of the psalms the word Tehillah is applied only to one, Ps 145:1 ... which is indeed emphatically a praise-hymn. The LXX. entitled them psalmoi or "psalms," i.e., lyrical pieces to be sung to a musical instrument. The Christian Church obviously recei...

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Psalms in Easton's Bible Dictionary

The psalms are the production of various authors. "Only a portion of the Book of Psalms claims David as its author. Other inspired poets in successive generations added now one now another contribution to the sacred collection, and thus in the wisdom of Providence it more completely reflects every phase of human emotion and circumstances t...

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Psalms in Fausset's Bible Dictionary

(See DAVID; POETRY.) The Hebrew designation tehillim, "praises" or hymns," occurring only in the title of Psalm 145 and about 30 times in the body of the Psalms, applies only to some not to all the psalms. The glorification of God is the design of them all, even the penitentiary and precatory psalms; but tehilliym applies strictly to praise s...

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