The Kinnor (Davidic Harp)


(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

Nehemiah 12:27

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

Ezekiel 26:13

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