Concordia Theological Monthly

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music, idelsohn, jewish, worship, old testament, melodies, gregorian, hebrews, levites, singing, psalm

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


"Where were you ... when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" With these words God challenged Job, who is referred to at times as the patron saint of musicians. God's words to Job serve to remind the Old Testament reader that already earlier, in prehistoric times, worship and song had been used together to glorify and extol the Creator. Ancient peoples, including Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and a veritable host of early generations of mankind, recognized that the primary function of music is to honor and worship the Deity. Africans, Asiatics, Mongolians, Europeans, primitive Americans, and people of all sorts knelt to pray and offer praises to God.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Genesis 42:21; 1 Kings 10:12; 2 Chronicles 35:25; Nehemiah 7:67; Ezra 2:65; Revelation 5:13; Psalm 150:1, 4, 6; Psalm 137:2; Isaiah 23:16;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars