The Kinnor (Davidic Harp)
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(Photo - Courtesy Jubilee-Harps, printed with permission - not affiliated with Jubilee Music Instrument Co.)
The picture shown is a functional Kinnor replica that is commercially available today. An original Kinnor would have this basic shape, possibly a bit simpler looking. See the website mentioned above regarding this instruments history.
Kinnor - To Twang
What is a Kinnor?
The Kinnor was a harp or lyre used in the Temple Orchestras and everywhere else in ancient Israel. It was one of the first instruments. Most Kinnors traditionally had seven strings.
Genesis 4:21 - His brothers name was Jubal (Yuval); he was the father of all who play the harp and flute.
Where is the Kinnor mentioned in the bible?
Genesis 4:21, 31:27
1st Samuel 10:5, 16:16, 16:23
1st Kings 10:12, 15:16, 15:21, 15:28, 16:5, 25:1, 25:6
1st Chronicles 25:, 13:8
2nd Chronicles 5:12, 9:11, 20:28, 29:25
2nd Samuel 6:51
Job 21:12, 30:31
Psalm 33:2, 43:4, 49:4, 57:8, 71:22, 81:2, 92:3, 98:5, 98:5, 108:2, 147:7, 149:3, 150:3, 137:2
Isaiah 5:12, 16:11, 23:16, 24:8, 30:32
Also references in the New Covenant in Greek.
Note: Jubilee-Harps and Jubilee Music Instrument Co. are not affiliated.
There were other types of Harps used in David worship:
Another type of Harp is the Nevel or Skin Harp. See the Biblical Instruments page for Details.
More information on the Kinnor: Davids Kinnor and the Bar Kochba Coins.
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Written by: Daniel Bingamon 10/10/1999 Update 6/2003