A hand-carried percussion instrument, popularly used by women, and forbidden in the Temple. It was associated with religious hymns (Exod 15:20; “Miriam”; Ps 68:25, “girls”; Ps 89:2, Ps 149:3, Ps 150:4; Jer 31:4, “virgin Israel”). Usually reflecting joyous occasions (Isa 24:8; Judg 11:34), it may have carried unfortunate connotations from its female symbolism at fertility rites.
The Song of Miriam
20Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with danc ... View more
25the singers in front, the musicians last,
between them girls playing tambourines:
2I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
3Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.
4Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
4Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
O virgin Israel!
Again you shall take your tambourines,
and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
8The mirth of the timbrels is stilled,
the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
34Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him with timbrels and with dancing. She was his on ... View more