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I. Bible – II. Liturgy – III. Music

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Alleluia (Heb. “praise YHWH”) is the psalmists' call to praise addressed to various groups and peoples which develops into a terminus technicus for liturgical songs of praise in the Psalter (Psalms/Psalter) itself and in its reception, reflecting the Psalter's dynamic of prayer Prayer: II) from Lament. Earlier individual songs of lament formulate the traditional promise to offer praise with the Hebrew verb הלל/hll (“I will praise”; e.g. Pss 22:23; 35:18; 56:5, 11; 69…

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Hossfeld, Frank-Lothar and Ruff, Anthony W., “Alleluia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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