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Doxology: A Bible List

Posted by Job on December 23, 2007

Post inspired by a John MacArthur sermon

studylight.org/dic/hbd/view.cgi?number=T1667

A brief formula for expressing praise or glory to God. Doxologies generally contain two elements, an ascription of praise to God (usually referred to in third person) and an expression of His infinite nature. The term “doxology” (“word of glory”) itself is not found in the Bible, but both the Old and New Testaments contain many doxological passages using this formula.

Biblical doxologies are found in many contexts, but one of their chief functions seems to have been as a conclusion to songs (Exodus 15:18), psalms (Psalms 146:10), and prayers (Matthew 6:13), where they possibly served as group responses to solo singing or recitation. Doxologies conclude four of the five divisions of the Psalter (Psalms 41:13; Psalms 72:19; Psalms 89:52; Psalms 106:48), with Psalms 150:1 serving as a sort of doxology to the entire collection. Doxologies also occur at or near the end of several New Testament books (Romans 16:27; Philippians 4:20; 1 Timothy 6:16; 2 Timothy 4:18; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Peter 5:11; 2 Peter 3:18; Jude 1:25) and figure prominently in the Revelation (Revelation 1:6; Revelation 4:8; Revelation 5:13; Revelation 7:12).

Doxologies continued to be written and sung in the Christian church after the close of the New Testament period. Post-biblical doxologies, in reaction against the Arians and other heretical groups, tended to emphasize the doctrine of the Trinity. The doxologies which have been and still are used most commonly in the Christian church are the Gloria in excelsis Deo (“Glory to God in the highest,” an expansion of Luke 2:14 which is often called the “Greater Doxology”), the Gloria Patri (“Glory be to the Father,” the “Lesser Doxology”), and Thomas Ken’s “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” (familiarly known simply as “The Doxology”).

More on this:
• Nave’s Topical Bible » Doxology
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia » Doxology
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5 Responses to “Doxology: A Bible List”

  1. What are we supposed to believe about the Holy Bible? Is it still the same? Do we believe everything in it? What does Quran say about the Bible?
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  2. The Bible – What They Forgot to Tell You!
    “Believing is easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than thinkers.” Bruce Calvert
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  3. Job said

    DiscoverTheTruth:

    The objections that Muslims have to the Bible have been long researched and thoroughly refuted. The same is not true with the objections that Christians have against the Koran. Please realize that where Christians accept and encourage critical study and debate of the Bible, doing so with the Koran not only is greatly discouraged by Muslims, but a criminal offense that will be punished by execution in Muslim countries.

  4. This information is so valuable, thank you. I’m looking for an all inclusive list of biblical doxologies, but this was definitely the place to start. God bless!

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