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The Psalms as hymns in a liturgical context

Cas J.A. Vos
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 65, No 1 | a105 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v65i1.105 | © 2009 Cas J.A. Vos | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 February 2009 | Published: 27 February 2009

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Cas J.A. Vos,, South Africa

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Abstract

In many ways, the psalms fulfil a bridging function between divergent denominations that previously avoided each other. In the Hebrew text of the Psalter, most of the psalms have specific titles. However, none of these originated with the original psalms. Instead, they offer instruction for the reader concerning the process that led to the compilation of the Psalms in a collection. The psalms are more than liturgy, and liturgy is more than psalms. Therefore, the psalms cannot be clothed in liturgical vestments. Hymns that occur in the Book of Psalms are the focus of this article. It is clear that the praise in the hymns follows different patterns. The article aims to explore the liturgical infl uence of the psalms as hymns in a liturgical context.

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