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Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament


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‘Hallelujah,’ ‘Praise ye Jahweh,’ is used as a doxology in some OT Psalms, e.g. Psalms 104:35; Psalms 105:45. In the song of the redeemed (Revelation 19:1-7) It appears as a triumphant acclamation at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. In later Christian use it was attached to the Paschal Feast as among the Jews to the Passover. If the Odes of Solomon may be ascribed to an early date (see article Hymns), we may quote the frequent use of ‘Hallelujah’ at the end of these hymns as a mark of the joyousness of early Christian worship. Tertullian (On Prayer, xxvii.) quotes its use with certain psalms, after the Jewish manner, said or sung by the whole congregation.

A. E. Burn.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Hallelujah'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. 1906-1918.

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