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HALLEL . The name given in Rabbinical writings to the Psalms 113:1-9 ; Psalms 114:1-8 ; Psalms 115:1-18 ; Psalms 116:1-19 ; Psalms 117:1-2 ; Psalms 118:1-29 called the ‘Egyptian Hallel’ in distinction from the ‘Great Hallel’ ( Psalms 120:1-7 ; Psalms 121:1-8 ; Psalms 122:1-9 ; Psalms 123:1-4 ; Psalms 124:1-8 ; Psalms 125:1-5 ; Psalms 126:1-6 ; Psalms 127:1-5 ; Psalms 128:1-6 ; Psalms 129:1-8 ; Psalms 130:1-8 ; Psalms 131:1-3 ; Psalms 132:1-18 ; Psalms 133:1-3 ; Psalms 134:1-3 ; Psalms 135:1-21 ; Psalms 136:1-26 ), and from Psalms 146:1-10 ; Psalms 147:1-20 ; Psalms 148:1-14 , which are also psalms of Hallel character. The Hallel proper ( Psalms 113:1-9 ; Psalms 114:1-8 ; Psalms 115:1-18 ; Psalms 116:1-19 ; Psalms 117:1-2 ; Psalms 118:1-29 ) was always regarded as forming one whole. The word Hallel means ‘Praise,’ and the name was given on account of the oft-recurring word Hallelujah (‘Praise ye the Lord’) in these psalms. The ‘Hallel’ was sung at the great Jewish festivals Passover, Tabernacles, Pentecost, and Chanukkah (‘Dedication’ of the Temple).

W. O. E. Oesterley.


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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Hallel'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hdb/h/hallel.html. 1909.

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