The Hebrew concept of hallĕlū yăh came to Latin as halleluia, which derived in the Spanish Hallelujah. The term has several uses, but the most frequently alludes to the interjection that is used in Christianity and Judaism to express joy by the praise to God.
For example: “Glory to God! Hallelujah!” , “The catechesis teacher taught us to sing the hallelujah”, “Hallelujah, brothers: the Lord has manifested himself once more within our people”.
The Hebrew word hallĕlū can be translated as “praise” or “praise. ” Hallelujah usually implicitly includes the recipient of the praise, who would be God. This means that when someone expresses “Hallelujah”, it can be understood that they are indicating “Hallelujah to the Lord” or similar.
In the liturgy, a ritual song is known as a hallelujah. When the faithful sing the hallelujah, they praise the divinity. Many musical compositions, by extension, are named hallelujah.
One of the best-known songs of the famous American singer-songwriter, novelist and poet Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016) is called that. He composed “Hallelujah” in 1984 and decided to include it in his album titled “Various Positions”. It is one of the singles that gave him more popularity and more success managed to reap. Hence, later it has been covered by numerous artists such as John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Alexandra Burke or even Pentatonix.
It is a song that deals with topics included in “The Bible”. Specifically, it features from King David to friendship, pain, happiness or love. Hence, it includes such significant verses as these: “love is not a victory march, it is a cold and broken hallelujah”.
In the same way, we cannot overlook the fact that other different cultural works also use the word that concerns us in their titles. This would be the case, for example, of “The Hallelujah and other texts.” It is a book by Georges Bataille, published in 1981 and which is part of the genre of philosophy.
Beyond religion, the Hallelujah interjection can be used to express happiness or something positive: “Hallelujah! The Italian team won again after eight games and left the bottom of the standings “, ” Yesterday we were without electricity for four hours until, hallelujah, the company restored service “, ” Have you really passed the exam? Hallelujah! I am proud of you. ”
The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), in its dictionary, lists other meanings of hallelujah: it can be a perennial plant that can be eaten as food; of old prints that make up a series; of a very skinny individual; or of a type of painting.
Specifically, we can emphasize that Hallelujah is a set of stamps with images that became the first history of literature and children’s press in Spain. They date from the 18th and 19th centuries and their objective was to introduce children to legends, stories and fables through drawings.