superscription

(redirected from superscriptions)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.

superscription

‘writing above’. The sovereign writes her name at the top rather than signing at the end as in SUBSCRIPTION.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006
References in periodicals archive ?
The most obvious is that seventy-three of the Psalms begin with a superscription (introductory verse) that identifies the composition as being "L'David." Though the phrase has other meanings (which we will discuss shortly), its simplest translation is "of David." Thus, these Psalms are regarded as being created by David, and by extension the book in its entirety was attributed to him.
(5) Indeed, the Talmud (TB Menahot 43b) links the psalm's superscription with the covenant of circumcision:
I am doubtful whether it is useful to conceptualize instances of moral-cultivational discourse in medium cults as superscriptions of autonomous spaces of popular culture.
Titled 'Stiles and Tearmes used to the KING, or QUEENES Majesty, either in our Speech, or in Superscriptions of Petitions directed to them', this section describes how the reader might manage various kinds of verbal or written interactions with the monarchy.
It occurs to me that L.'s rich and suggestive titles to the several poems and their sections function not unlike the "canonical" superscriptions to the Psalms, interpretive clues on how the Psalms are to be read and used in contemporary life.
To get to the heart of the piece (set to Carlos Surinach's turbulent Concerto for String Orchestra), you had to sweep away all the baggage--the program superscriptions about moths, Sandra Woodall's murky entomological decor, and a six-man corps who milled meaninglessly.
The only ones in the biblical corpus that stipulate the names of their authors, in superscriptions at the beginning, are the prophetic books, but even in this case, later prophecies by different prophet-poets could be tacked onto the earlier scrolls, and the earlier scrolls perhaps might even be edited to fit better into a continuous book with the later accretions.
30), [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is an epithet for a teetotal monk, then it need have no geographical connotation; but thirdly and most important, the textual state of Maximos' letters is so confused (we await a critical edition) that any historical argument based on them, especially on their superscriptions, is an argument per obscurius.
As Tanner observes, the superscriptions of approximately 77 percent of the Psalms invite the reader to explore such a relationship, in spite of the fact that these comments were apparently added by the hand of a later editor.
(Incidentally, the reader who is not completely conversant with the tune names assigned to specific hymns will find that the easiest way to identify which melody in this volume is commonly called DYING STEPHEN is to skim the appendix that follows Leaver's essay; this nickname for hymn 20 is drawn from a phrase in the final verse of the hymn and thus does not appear in Young's table of first lines and superscriptions nor in Bak er's tabulation by first lines.)
Some blank spaces in the actual manuscripts are not represented as accurately as others and in particular, possibly because it is very problematic for computer typesetting, the interlinear superscriptions are often too far to the left or right.
Though there are many variations in the superscriptions found in the Psalter, only Psalms 47, 49 and 85 bear the identical four Hebrew words: "La-menatzeah Li-v'nai Korah Mizmor [For the leader.