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.