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Holman Bible Dictionary
Greek term meaning “holy writings” used as a designation for the third and final major division of the Hebrew Bible. In contrast to the first two divisions (the law and the prophets), “the writings” (Hebrew, Kethubim
) are a miscellaneous collection. The hagiographa in their Hebrew order include: Psalms, Proverbs, and Job; the “five scrolls” (Megilloth
) read at major festivals, namely, Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther; Daniel; and Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles. These books were the last portion of the Hebrew Bible to be recognized as canonical. Luke 24:44
uses “psalms” as a designation for these writings.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Hagiographa'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/h/hagiographa.html. 1991.