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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Hallel 
  n  :  (Judaism)  a  chant  of  praise  (Psalms  113  through  118)  used  at 
  Passover  and  Shabuoth  and  Sukkoth  and  Hanukkah  and  Rosh 
  Hodesh  [syn:  {Hallel}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Hallel 
  praise,  the  name  given  to  the  group  of  Psalms  113-118,  which  are 
  preeminently  psalms  of  praise.  It  is  called  "The  Egyptian 
  Hallel,"  because  it  was  chanted  in  the  temple  whilst  the 
  Passover  lambs  were  being  slain.  It  was  chanted  also  on  other 
  festival  occasions,  as  at  Pentecost,  the  feast  of  Tabernacles, 
  and  the  feast  of  Dedication.  The  Levites  standing  before  the 
  altar,  chanted  it  verse  by  verse,  the  people  responding  by 
  repeating  the  verses  or  by  intoned  hallelujahs.  It  was  also 
  chanted  in  private  families  at  the  feast  of  Passover.  This  was 
  probably  the  hymn  which  our  Saviour  and  his  disciples  sung  at 
  the  conclusion  of  the  Passover  supper  kept  by  them  in  the  upper 
  room  at  Jerusalem  (Matt.  26:30;  Mark  14:26). 
 
  There  is  also  another  group  called  "The  Great  Hallel," 
  comprehending  Psalms  118-136,  which  was  recited  on  the  first 
  evening  at  the  Passover  supper  and  on  occasions  of  great  joy. 
 




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