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Psalms, hymns, spiritual songs

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  • raging_calvinist
    DataRat, 1) As I ve pointed out before, all three of these words appear in the titles to the Psalms in the Septuagint. In the Septuagint, Psalm 76
    Message 1 of 734 , May 24, 2001
      DataRat,<br><br>1) As I've pointed out before,
      all three of these words appear in the titles to the
      Psalms in the Septuagint. In the Septuagint, Psalm 76
      contains all three terms in it's title. This is evidence
      that all three terms do in fact refer to the 150
      Psalms.<br><br>The following three bits of info are gleaned from
      "Songs of Zion" by Michael Bushell:<br><br>Philo refers
      to the Biblical Psalms as "hymnois."<br><br>Clement
      of Alexandria defines "psalmos" as being a
      "spiritual song" (ode pneumatike).<br><br>Josephus refers to
      the Psalms of David as hymns, psalms and odes, and
      refers to those who sing them as "hymn
      singers."<br><br>So, while in modern times the terms psalms, hymns,
      and odes do often carry the distinct meanings you
      point out, the fact remains that in the time when Paul
      wrote, the common usage of the words all had reference
      to the 150 OT Psalms. Given this fact, along with
      the fact that the OT's the early Christians had
      already contained a compilation of psalms, hymns, and
      spiritual songs, it would appear that by default the
      assumption should be that this is what Paul was referencing,
      and the burden of proof would be on the one who seeks
      to show that Paul meant more than this.<br><br>The
      repeating of two or three terms intending not to show
      specific distinction, but as a rhetorical device to
      emphasize is not uncommon in Scripture (Ex. 34:7; Lev.
      16:21; 1 Kings 6:12; 1 Chron. 29:19; Acts 2:22; Romans
      15:9-11; and Rev. 5:12 are some examples).<br><br>2) What
      other songs better meet the criteria of being
      "spiritual," "the words of Christ," able to make you "filled
      with the Spirit," and profitable for use in "teaching
      and admonishing" one another, than the Psalms, the
      Word of God compiled for singing?<br><br>3) We know
      for a fact that the Psalter was an essential part of
      both Jewish and Christian worship in the days of the
      early Church. It seems they were not confused by what
      this verse was commanding. Uninspired hymns, however,
      were few and far between, and many of them which we
      have found fragments of cannot be proven to be hymns
      used in public worship as opposed to mere poems. Why
      is this the case if these verses are a mandate to
      write hymns and songs?<br><br>4) The Reformers were
      Psalm singers. Where the Psalms were sung, Reformation
      was there. When the Hugenots burned in fire, the
      Psalms were on their lips. When Calvin was invited back
      to Geneva, one of his conditions of return was the
      publishing of the Psalter to use for worship. While the
      Lutheran Church allowed the use of non-canonical hymns
      rather early on, the Reformed Churches were virtually
      absent of hymns of purely human composition until Isaac
      Watts snuck them into the Churches in his pretended
      "Psalms of David Imitated." It should be noted that some
      Reformed ministers were disciplined for allowing the
      singing of songs other than the Psalms. Didn't the
      Reformed Churches understand that Paul gave them a mandate
      to not only to sing Psalms but to write
      songs?<br><br>What's wrong with the 150 Psalms God gave us
    • almo_no1
      prayers are easy gmw, you ve got em.
      Message 734 of 734 , Sep 18, 2001
        prayers are easy gmw, you've got 'em.
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