Stringed Instruments (Biblical)

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Several sorts of stringed instruments are mentioned in the Bible. The harp and the lyre, especially, were prominent in the music of the sanctuary.

Ancient stringed instruments were plucked, not bowed like the instruments of the violin family that are the mainstays of the classic orchestra in Western culture (the translation "viol" is inaccurate). The superscriptions of the Psalms, in the instructions for performance, refer to stringed instruments under the general term nginot (Pss. 4; 5455; 61; 67;...


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