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Psalms, Book of
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1. OT

1.1. Terms and Place in Canon

The term “Psalms” or “Psalter” is used for the OT collection of 150 songs and prayers. It comes from the Greek OT (Bible Manuscripts and Editions; Bible Versions). The Codex Alexandrinus has psaltērion, which denotes a stringed instrument and is a rendering of Heb. nēbel, “lyre.” What is meant, then, is a book of songs to be sung with a stringed instrument. In the Codex Vaticanus we find the title psalmoi, with the subtitle biblos psalmōn (book of psalms), a term appearing also in the NT (Luke 20:42; 24:44; Acts 1:20; 1…

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Seybold, Klaus and Schnitker, Thaddeus A., “Psalms, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.171>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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