from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical term of uncertain meaning (possibly the name of an instrument), found in the Bible.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical instrument, of unknown character, supposed by some to have been used by the people of Gath, and thence obtained by David. It is mentioned in the title of Psalms viii., lxxxi., and lxxxiv.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word found only in the headings of Psalms viii., lxxxi., and lxxxiv.: “To the Chief Musician upon Gittith” (revised version, “For the Chief Musician; set to Gittith”): probably a musical instrument or a tune connected in some way with the Gittites.
The gittith, occurring in the title of Ps. 8; 8; 84.
+ The gittith, in titles to (Psalms 8: 1; 81: 1; 84: 1) a stringed instrument, probably found by David st Gath, whence its name.
As for the gittith, Frumin's interpretation, included in the exhibit, looks something like a harp and was built from mahogany, beech wood and the wood from a lemon tree.
Along with the gittith, the exhibit features a harp, a lyre, bells, cymbals and an uggav, a pipe that's mentioned four times in the Torah but never described ( "And his brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all who grasp a lyre and uggav" (Genesis 4: 21)).
Psalm 8 begins with an invocation to play a particular instrument: "To the conductor, on the gittith, a song of David."
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