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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
mag - nif´i - kat : The name given to the hymn of Mary in Luke 1:46-55 , commencing "My soul doth magnify the Lord." Three old Latin manuscripts substitute the name "Elisabeth" for "Mary" in Luke 1:46 , but against this is the authority of all Greek manuscripts and other Latin versions. The hymn, modeled in part on that of Hannah in 1 Samuel 2:1 ff, is peculiarly suitable to the circumstances of Mary, and plainly could not have been composed after the actual appearance and resurrection of Christ. Its early date is thus manifest.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Magnificat'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/m/magnificat.html. 1915.