Early history and the first hymnody
Norwegian language-use and hymnological terminology, while largely concordant with the other Scandinavian languages, differs significantly compared to those of most other languages. The term salme (from the Greek ψάλμος, psalmos) is used to denote both biblical, paraphrasal and other religious strophic verse set to music. This reflects the fact that the psalter in post-Reformation Denmark-Norway gradually disappeared from the service life of the church, although the psalms remained in use in the private sphere.
Norway celebrated its 1000-year history of Christianity in 1995. However, the Christianisation of Norway took place over a long period...
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