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Hymnography (Greek)
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The earliest non-Christian evidence about Christian hymn singing claims:

They met on a fixed day and sang a hymn to Christ as if a God. (Plin. Y. Ep. 10.96.7)

The “fixed day” was probably Sunday, and the letter from the governor of Bithynia, Pliny the Younger, to the emperor Trajan, dated around year 112 CE, reveals that Christians began writing hymns early on. However,…

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Holmsgaard Eriksen, Uffe, “Hymnography (Greek)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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