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Biblical poetry in latin liturgical texts

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This chapter demonstrates that the poetry of the Bible engendered the poetry of Christian prayer. The hymn functioned as introduction to the psalmrecitation of the canonical hours of praying. The antiphon was a psalmverse that brought out the character of a celebration. The pre-Christian religious past however made itself felt in the way the deity was addressed, a survival of pagan custom. The patristic tradition is in line with the New Testament approach. In the Latin West Hilary in the fourth century has David prophesying in the Psalms the incarnation, passion, death, resurrection, glorification, rule and sitting in judgment of Jesus Christ. The recitation of the biblical Psalms was the origin of liturgical poetry. Liturgy is communal praise of God, and it was the general conviction that there was no better expression of this praise than the one inspired by God himself.

Keywords: antiphon; biblical poetry; God; hymn; Jesus Christ; Latin liturgical texts; pagan custom; psalmrecitation



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