From: Alexander Kyrychenko (
Date: Thu Sep 03 1998 - 14:52:03 EDT

At 11:56 PM 9/2/98 -0500, Erl Morrell-Stinson wrote:

<<Non-instrumentalists argue that PSALLO is an exclusive word that means
"sing" and therefore does not mean "sing and play". Thus, they argue, it
is wrong for us to sing praises to the accompaniment of the instrument. A
few questions:

a) What then is the word(s) for "sing & play" together?

b) There are plenty of references in the Old Testament that clearly
mentioning singing to the accompaniment of instruments. What is the
Hebrew, and is it an exclusive word? More importantly, how does the
Septuagint translate the original? Are the words used for singing variants

of PSALLO? This is the question I really want answered! If they are, then

it can easily be demonstrated that PSALLO is not an exclusive word and is
in fact much like our English word "sing" -- limited in meaning, but
applied broadly in its actual usage.

c) Does anyone have any other thoughts about the validity or folly of the
argument presented in general?>>


The dogmatic approach, which can be discribed as "a view of the NT
Scripture which sees it as an arsenal of proof-texts to be arranged,
without much regard given to their literary form, historical context,
theological purpose, or even their best translation into modern English, to
form a network of probative evidence" (Ralph P. Martin in 'NT
Interpretation') is not the one to be taken for or against the argument.

Best regards,

Alexander Kyrychenko.

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