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Bible Encyclopedias

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Pointed

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In the English Prayer-book the Psalter, Venite, Te Deum, etc., are punctuated throughout in a peculiar manner by the insertion of a colon in or near the middle of each verse without regard to grammatical rules. This is done with the design of facilitating the chanting by presenting to the eye the most natural division of the verse, or that which will most readily correspond with the movement of the chant-tune. In allusion to this, the title of the English Prayer-book states that the Psalms of David are pointed (or punctuated) as they are to be sung or said in churches." In the American editions the grammatical punctuation has been restored, and the above portion of the title omitted.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Pointed'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/p/pointed.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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