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Die psalms as himnes in ’n liturgiese konteks

C.J.A. Vos
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 3 | a571 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i3.571 | © 2004 C.J.A. Vos | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2004 | Published: 17 December 2004

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C.J.A. Vos, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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The liturgical function of the hymns in the psalms

In many ways the psalms fulfill a bridging function between divergent denominations that previously avoided each other. In the Hebrew text of the Psalter most of the psalms bear clear titles. None of the titles of the psalms originated together with the actual psalms. Instead, they offer instruction to the reader about the process that led to the compilation of the psalms into collection. The psalms are more than liturgy and liturgy comprises more than merely psalms. Therefore, the psalms cannot simply be clothed in liturgical vestments. Hymns that occur in the Book of Psalms form the focus of this article. It is clear that the praise in the hymns follows different patterns. The article aims to explore the liturgical function of the hymns in the psalms.


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