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Hallel
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The name given to several collections of biblical psalms of praise used in the temple and synagogue, at least since the Tannaitic period (ad 10–220), with probable roots in ancient Hebrew practice.The term Hallel is often used for Pss 113–118, which is more specifically called the “Egyptian Hallel” (from the reference to Egypt in Psa 114:1) and associated with the joyous feastsPassover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. The “final Hallel,” sometimes called the “Hallelujah Psalms,” contains Pss 146–150 (Human, “Psalm 136,” 73). The “Great Hallel” is the name given to Psa 136, which contains the greatest praise of all the Psalms (Great Hallel can also designate Pss 120–136 or Pss 135–136, and occasionally refers to the complete version of the Egyptian Hallel, without any excluded verses; Waltner, Psalms, 562). The Hallel would have been part of the “mental furniture” of the first-century Jew (Wright, New Testament, 241).
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Hallel
Hallel (הלל‎, hll; Hebrew, “to praise”). The name given to several collections of biblical psalms of praise used in the temple and synagogue, at least since the Tannaitic period (ad 10–220), with probable roots in ancient Hebrew practice.The term Hallel is often used for Pss 113–118, which is more specifically
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Hallel
HALLEL. A designation for a small grouping of psalms. The word comes from the Heb verb hālal, “to praise,” since many of the psalms contain the phrase “Praise the Lord!” It has been variously used to describe the following psalm groups: 104–106, 111–118, 120–136, and 146–150.Israel used the Hallel
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hallel
Hallel. Hebrew term describing a song of praise to God. It was later used in the Talmud and in rabbinical writings to refer to several groups of psalms of praise to God. Psalms 113–118 were known as the Egyptian Hallel, and 1st-century ad. Jewish tradition assigned them to Moses. During the temple period
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hallel
Hallel ha-lālʹ, halʹəl [from the Hebrew root hll—‘praise’]. In the fifth book of the Psalms (107–150) there are several groups of Hallelujah Psalms: 104–106; 111–118; 135; 146–150. In the worship of the synagogue Pss. 135–136 and 146–150 were used in the daily morning service. Pss. 113–118 were called
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Hallel
HALLEL* Hebrew term describing a song of praise to God. It was later used in the Talmud and in rabbinical writings to refer to several groups of psalms of praise to God. Psalms 113–118 were known as the Egyptian Hallel, and first-century ad Jewish tradition assigned them to Moses. During the temple period,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hallel
hallel (hal´el; Heb., “praise”), a litany of praise. Certain psalms are specified as Hallel Psalms and are specified for liturgical use on certain occasions. Pss. 113–18 make up the “Egyptian Hallel” used for the Festival of Tabernacles, the Festival of Dedication (Hanukkah), and the first day of Passover.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hallel
HALLEL. This term, not found in the English Bible, comes from a Heb. verb meaning “to praise” (e.g., Ezr 3:11; 2 Chr 7:6). It later became a Jewish liturgical term referring to certain psalms. The “Egyptian” Hallel (Ps 113–118) was sung in the homes at the Passover (Mt 26:30), in the temple, and in the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hallel
HallelA litany of praise psalms used in Jewish festivals or morning services. Heb. hallēl is derived from the verb “to praise,” which occurs as a command (“praise thou”) in various Psalms.The “Egyptian Hallel” (cf. Ps. 114:1) comprises Pss. 113–118. It is used in its entirety on Sukkoth, Hanukkah,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hallel
Hallel [hălˊəl] (Heb. hallēl “praise thou”).† A song of praise. The title is specifically applied to certain psalms prescribed by Jewish tradition for the major festivals and for the daily morning services.The “Egyptian Hallel” (Pss. 113–118), so called because it recounts God’s activity in the
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Hallel
HALLEL (Hebrew from the verb hālal, “to praise”) The name used for a group of Psalms that contain the phrase “Praise the Lord!” The listing includes several groupings: Psalms 104–106, 111–118, 120–136, and 146–150. Several of the Hallel Psalms were used during the three great feasts of the year: Passover,
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Hallel
Hallel (Heb. הַלֵּל, ‘praise’). A name given by Jews to Pss. 113–18. They are recited at most of the principal Jewish festivals and during the *Passover meal, and may have been the hymn sung by Christ and the Apostles after the *Last Supper (Mt. 26:30). Ps. 136 is called the ‘Great Hallel’.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Hallel
HAL´LEL (halʹel; Heb. hallēl, Gk. humnos, “praise”). The name of a particular part of the hymnal service chanted at certain festivals. This service received the designation “hallel” because it consists of Pss. 113–18, which are psalms of praise and begin with “Hallelujah.” It is also called the “Egyptian
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