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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Dulcimer

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(Heb. sumphoniah), a musical instrument mentioned in Daniel 3:5,15 , along with other instruments there named, as sounded before the golden image. It was not a Jewish instrument. In the margin of the Revised Version it is styled the "bag-pipe." Luther translated it "lute," and Grotius the "crooked trumpet." It is probable that it was introduced into Babylon by some Greek or Western-Asiatic musician. Some Rabbinical commentators render it by "organ," the well-known instrument composed of a series of pipes, others by "lyre." The most probable interpretation is that it was a bag-pipe similar to the zampagna of Southern Europe.


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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Dulcimer'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/d/dulcimer.html. 1897.

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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