Re: "Hallelujah" vs. "Alleluia" = Difference? Same thing?
In the original, it's "hallel-u-jah," composed of the verbal stem (hallel), the 2nd-person plural imperative ending (-u-) and the short form of the name Jahweh (-jah, pronounced -yah). The initial h- got lost in the translation process through Greek and then Latin. And I didn't know this until I learned it on these forums a couple years ago, but the terminal -h is also pronounced, because it is one of the root letters from the Hebrew verb from which the name Jahweh was formed. There are final terminal -h's in Hebrew, but this one had a dot in it, which means it's meant to be said.
DaveBj (language geek)
Author of The Children of the Maker
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