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Will someone define and give the difference between these two words

Alleluia and Hallelujah

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:52 PM on Feb. 3, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I FEEL they are different, and that they get used for different situations, but I think they are simply more latinized and more Anglicized pronunciations of the same idea. ... similar to Ah-men and Ay-men.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 3:58 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • They mean the same Alleluia is the Greek word and Hallelujah is Hebrew word. They both mean praise Jah OR Yah which are short for Jehovah or Yahweh

    Answer by kalada at 5:12 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • There is no difference in meaning. Both mean 'praise you Jah' or 'praise Jah' (sometimes rendered 'praise Jah (or praise Jehovah) you people'). There is also alleluiah too. The different spellings are down to having to transliterate ancient Hebrew script. Different scholars choosing to use different vowel selections from different sources (a standard practice). It's the same principle that makes some say God's name, in English, is Yahweh and some say it's Jehovah or even Ieovah.
    Hope that helps a little xxx

    Answer by JoojooJW at 5:58 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

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