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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
• Nave's Topical Bible
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Mahalath Leannoth Maschil
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• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Hebrew - Maschil

(mahss' keel) KJV form of Maskil, a term used in the titles of thirteen Psalms (Psalms 32:1; Psalms 42:1; Psalms 44:1; Psalms 45:1; Psalms 52-55; Psalms 74:1; Psalms 78:1; Psalms 88:1; Psalms 89:1; Psalms 142:1). The term is translated psalm in Psalms 47:7. The origin of the term is disputed. Some see a connection with the root “to understand, ponder.” Two of the maskils have clear references to instruction (Psalms 32:8-9; Psalms 78:1). Others suggest that maskil might be a musical notation or an indication that these psalms were performed at festivals (for example, Psalms 78:1). Though most of the maskils are laments (Psalms 42:1; Psalms 44:1; Psalms 52:1; Psalms 54:1; Psalms 55:1; Psalms 74:1; Psalms 88:1; Psalms 142:1), other forms critical of types are grouped as maskils as well (Psalms 32:1, a thanksgiving for healing; Psalms 45:1, a psalm in celebration of a royal wedding; Psalms 78:1, a recitation of sacred history).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'MASCHIL'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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