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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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is the rendering in the Auth. Vers. of the following terms in the original: usually כַּנּוֹר, kinnor' (whence the Greek κινύρα), the lyre or cythara (invariably rendered "harp"), N. Test. κιθάρα (1 Corinthians 14:7; Revelation 5:8; Revelation 14:2; Revelation 15:2), whence the verb κιθαρίζω (1 Corinthians 14:7; Revelation 14:2), and the compound noun κιθαεῳδός ("harper," Revelation 14:2; Revelation 18:22); elsewhere only of the Chald. קַיתָרֹס, kitharos' (text of Daniel 3:5; Daniel 3:7; Daniel 3:10; Daniel 3:15), or קִתְרוֹס,kathros' (margin), from the latter Greek term. See Music.

The "harp" was David's favorite instrument, on which he was a proficient (see Dreschler, De cithara David, Lips. 1712; also in Ugolino, 32). It probably did not essentially differ from the modern Arabic cithere (Niebuhr, Tramv. 1, 177, pl. 26; Descript. de l'Egypte, 17:365, pl. BB, fig. 12, 13). (See DAVID).


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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Harp'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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