Hallelujah, Halleluyah, and the Latin
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 form Alleluia
The word "Alleluia" or "Hallelujah" , which at its most literal means "Praise Yah", is used in different ways in Christian liturgies....

are transliteration
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s of the Hebrew
Hebrew language
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 word (Modern
Modern Hebrew
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 Halleluya, Tiberian
Tiberian Hebrew
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 Halləlûyāh) meaning "Praise Yah
Yah may refer to:* Jah, shortened form of "Jehovah" used at and elsewhere. Also, the name of God favored by Rastafarians.* Yah, shortened form of Yahweh , one of the names of God in Judaism...

". The last syllable is from the first two letters of the name of God, YHWH, written JHVH in Latin). Hallelujah is found primarily in the book of Psalms
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. The word is used in Judaism
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 as part of the Hallel
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 prayers, and in Christian prayer.