“Hallelujah,” the English form of the Hebrew word הללויה (ha·le·lu·YAH), was introduced in the previous lesson. We learned the first two sounds of this word—he’, the Hebrew “h” sound, and pa·TAḤ—pronounced as the “a” in “father.” Together, these two sounds make up the first syllable, the הַ (ha) of הַללויה.
In Lesson 9 we mentioned that הללויה (ha·le·lu·YAH) is composed of two words: הללו (ha·le·LU), the masculine, plural, imperative form of the verb meaning “to praise,” and יה (yah), an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton, the unpronounceable name of God.
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