The name given not only to the songs and poems of the book of Psalms, but to all examples of Israel's poetry that seem designed for use in worship. An example outside the book of Psalms would be the "Song of the Sea" (also called "Song of Moses") in Ex 15. Some of the psalms outside the book are found repeated in it, for example compare 2 Sam 22:1-51 with Ps 18. Some prophetic books contain psalms (e.g.. Is 42:10-13; Jer 15:10-21; Ezek 19:1-14; Jonah 2:2-9; Hab 3 [nb. instructions v.19]). In Amos there are several short pieces that have the style and content appropriate to a particular type of psalm called a hymn (1:2; 4:13; 5:8-9; 9:5-6).
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