"Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs"-- Greeks only

Discussion in 'A capella Exclusive Psalmody' started by Puritan Sailor, Jul 31, 2005.

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  1. C. Matthew McMahon

    C. Matthew McMahon Christian Preacher

    "When Little Gregory was reading through the Psalter, and he came to the last one, and he ran to Mommy and said, "I know about David and Goliath! Can we sing this one now? Teach me it!" is that when Mommy, a little embarrased turned to him and said, "Oh son, that one isn't in the Hebrew Psalter! We don't sing it. Just ignore it." ?!?"

    No, she would instruct her son responsibly that such a song could be sung at home, but has no place in the Hebrew Canon for the inspired hymnal of the church.

    Wouldn't that be the responsible thing for someone to do?

    I think 1) you have to determine whether it was in the the Hebrew Psalter, and 2) whether the Jews would have accepted it in the psalter. After that, you can make a solid conclusion as to whether the Jews would have used it in worship, and i think its very obvious. That does not under estimate, though, the value of your question.
  2. C. Matthew McMahon

    C. Matthew McMahon Christian Preacher

    For sake of argument, the non-EP stance owuld lose either way.

    If you argue for it as Calvin did to have nothing to do with EP or worship, then you have just taken out your primary text of defense for UH. then you have to deal with the overwhlming attestation of both the entire Reformed and Puritan Heritage for EP as they exegeted the Bible (and remember they kept those verses in there).

    If you leave it in, and are not "sure" about its actual meaning (concrete, solid, no guessing, exegetical work that is conclusive about the meaning of the verses) then that also makes you unwise to lean on the side of loseness instead of the analogy of faith, which, without those verses, would lead the church hands down to EP based on James, Matthew, Luke, Romans and Acts alone.

    Either way, you decide.
  3. just_grace

    just_grace Puritan Board Freshman


    Cannot see Gabe in any of this :) Duh!

    In a layman's terms what is the crucial point here. Are you not chasing tails? I think the Lord prefers spontentniaty, do you not love it when your wife or child does something that proves their love rather than a set pattern.
  4. Puritan Sailor

    Puritan Sailor Puritan Board Doctor

    Again folks, if you don't know Greek, please refrain from this thread. :judge:
  5. Puritan Sailor

    Puritan Sailor Puritan Board Doctor

    Just a question for those who know greek related to this issue.

    How is the dative pneumatikias being used in Eph. 5:19 ( I guess in Col. 3:16 too)? Just trying to figure out the greek grammar a little better.
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