(Heb. praise). Psalms or hymns of praise were used in the OT (Ez 3:11; 2 Ch 7:6). In the course of time the name Hallel came to denote various groups of Psalms, e.g., 104107, 111117 (or 118), 135136, 146150; the word Hallelujah* occurs at the beginning and/or end of most of these. The name Great Hallel has been attached to Ps 113118, or 119136, or 136 alone. Ps 113118 are also called Egyptian Hallel because of special assoc. with Passover. Hallel Psalms are used in connection with the celebration of Passover, Hanukkah, Pentecost (see Church Year, 10), and Tabernacles; see also Judaism, 4.
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