The phrase for "alleluia" in ancient Hebrew means "Make IE shine like a star", or "Shine IE like a star, you people". It is pronounced in ancient Hebrew as "ELaL-U-IE" (eh-lal-oo-yeh). It is a shortened form of the more common and reverent scriptural expression "ELaLUIEUE".
Where ELaLUIE is Found in Scripture
The phrase is found four times in the MaSHICHanic writings(NT) - namely Revelation 19:1,3,4 & 6.
The phrase is also found in at least 24 verses of the Pre-MaSHICHanic writings- namely in TEILIM (Psalms) - 104:35, 105:45, 106:1, 106:48, 111:1. 112:1, 113:1, 113:9, 115:18, 116:19, 117:2, 135:1, 135:3, 135:21, 146:1, 146:10, 147:1, 147:20, 148:1, 148:14, 149:1, 149:9, 150:1, and 150:6.
Common Translations of the Phrase ELaLUIE
1850 KJV - ALLELUIA
YLT (Young's Literal Translation) - HALLELUJAH
Scriptures (1998) - HALLELUYAH.
1850 KJV - PRAISE YE THE LORD
YLT - PRAISE JAH
Scriptures (1998) - PRAISE YAH.
Fourth Century Greek Version of ELaLUIE
In the Codex Sinaiticus the word used is the nine letter ἀλληλούΐα (alpha-lambda-lambda-eta-lambda-omicron-upsilon-iota-alpha). The first alpha looks like a lambda but in this script these two letters looked very similar. The Codex Sinaiticus is said to date to the fourth century. This is disputed, but if true then than means the Name IE (Yeh) was replaced with IA (Yah) very early on.
Below is a image of TEILIM (Psalms) 148:1 from the Codex showing the word ἀλληλούΐα.
The word ἀλληλούΐα is most probably based on the pagan god IAO. ἀλληλούΐα is pronounced (transcribed) as A-L-L-EE-L-O-EE-I-A in modern Greek. The English transliteration of this word is ALLHLOUIA. The Greek letters in ἀλληλούΐα do not match the ancient Greek transliteration of the ancient Hebrew phrase ELaLUIE (ELaLUIE is an English transliteration of the ancient Hebrew letter names EA-LaM-LaM-UU-ID-EA - more on this later). The Greek transliteration of the ancient Hebrew has only six letters which are epsilon-lambda-lambda-upsilon-iota-epsilon. This means that the word ἀλληλούΐα is based on either the corrupt Jewish version of the phrase at the time the Codex was written or - vice versa - the Greek authors helped corrupt the Jewish phrase, and subsequently even the way many modern Hebrew users say the tetragrammaton today.
ELaLUIE - The Ancient Hebrew Version
Here is Strong's definition of the phrase ALLELUIA as referenced from the KJV.
Of hebrew origin (imperative of [H1984] and [H3050]); praise ye Jah!, an adoring exclamation: - alleluiah.
From this and the common translations of this phrase we can see that "ALLELUIA" is hence made up of at least two parts - "ALLEL" and "IA". Further if we look at the Westminster Leningrad (Massoritic) Codex these two phrases are almost always linked with the word "U" which is the ancient Hebrew picture letter of a tent peg. It means "add, secure, hook, attach".
The first part of the word ELaLUIE then, comes from the Hebrew word ELaL (H1984). Strong said this means to shine and praise.
A primitive root; to be clear (originally of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively to celebrate; also to stultify: - (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool (-ish, -ly), glory, give [light], be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, [sing, be worthy of] praise, rage, renowned, shine.
Jeff Benner in his Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible (AHLB) says H1984 means shine - to shine through ones actions or words like a star or to cause a shining of one by praising or giving thanks to another (AHLB#: 1104-B (V)).
The word H1984 has three letters named EA-LaM-LaM (heh-lamed-lamed). It is based on the root word EL (EA-LaM - letter names). EL means shine, star or distant. (NOT "God" see Meaning of ALEIM (Elohim) in Ancient Hebrew). The pictograph EA is a picture of a man with his arms raised looking at a great sight. The LaM is a shepherd staff representing the idea of "toward" as the staff is used to move a sheep toward a direction. Combined these letters mean "a looking toward something" such as the looking toward a light in the distance. The stars have always been used to guide the traveler or shepherd to find his home or destination.
The second part of the phrase ELaLUIE is the letter U - as mentioned previously - and means "attach". People are the ones who can attach shine to IEUE by praising him.
Finally, the third part of the phrase ELaLUIE is the first two letters (H3050) of the tetragrammaton (H3068).
Pronunciation in Ancient Hebrew of ELaLUIE
The modern Hebrew word for H1984 is "Halal". It is made up of three letters: heh - lamed - lamed. In ancient Hebrew these letters are called EA-LAM-LAM and were said as ELaL.
Pronunciation of Heh Ancient Hebrew
The letter heh was originally called EA. "EA" (letter name) has an "EH" (letter sound), just like in the word "bed". EA did not have an H sound.
The main reasons why the "HEH" was said as an "E" and not an "H" are -
1) the ancient Hebrew letter for heh looks more like the English letter E, and the Greek letter epsilon than any other letters in existence today.
2) Greek and English alphabets are just as Hebrew as the modern Hebrew, Syriac Aramaic and Arabic alphabets.
3) More ISHaRaALites over history have used the English and Greek alphabets.
4) The Greek alphabet is older than modern Hebrew, Arabic, and Syriac Aramaic.
5) Ancient Hebrew had vowel-letters – and NO letters were silent – eg the modern Hebrew aleph was an “A” and the ayin was an “O”.
6) IEUE wouldn't invent an alphabet with two "of the same sounds — het and heh — it is inefficient.
7) “YHWH” or “IHUH” means "He Thorn" or “He Angel-of-Satan" — not "He Secures-Breathing".
8) The letter EA means BREATHE, so it should be breathed – ie it is a vowel. The letter “H” on the other hand is formed by closing the back of the throat. IEUE in pictographic Hebrew means “He Breathes and Breathes” or “He Is And Is”. He gives us eternal life so his name is full of life – full of BREATH! Also saying the letter “EA” (letter name) as “EH” (letter sound) actually makes you SMILE. The physical act of saying the letter makes our mouth open and move so that our mouth makes a smile.
The list goes on. For more see the front page of yehspace.
Pronunciation of Lamed in Ancient Hebrew
The letter lamed was originally called LaM. "LaM" (letter name) has an "L" (letter sound), just like in modern Hebrew, modern Greek, Arabic and Syriac Aramaic (all five modern Semitic alphabets).
No Vowel Pointings Necessary for ELaL
Since two consonants cannot be said without a vowel in between them (physiologically impossible) we can put a default "a" between the two "L"s to make ELaL.
For more on why vowel pointings are unnecessary please see the front page of YehSpace under the heading, "The Massoritic Machinators".
Pronunciation of Vav in Ancient Hebrew
The letter vav was originally called UU. "UU" (letter name) has an "ooh" (letter sound). See Evolution of the Letter "U" for more.
Please see Evolution of the English Alphabet Chart and Ancient Hebrew Alphabet Chart for more on how to map ancient Hebrew letters into English.
ELaL, U and IE make ELaLUIE
We put ELaL together with U then IE and get ELaLUIE. It is pronounced as E-LA-LOO-YEH. It means
"Make IE shine like a star", or "Shine IE like a star, you people".
"ELaLUIEUE" More Commonly Used in Scripture
If the word ELaL (H1984) and IEUE (H3068) are searched for in the 1850 KJV using e-sword there are 64 verses that combine these two words. This means that the phrase ELaLUIE (and all of its poor transcriptions and transliterations) is actually a contraction of the more reverent phrase ELaLUIEUE (E-LA-LOO-YEH-WEH).
If we really want to praise IEUE then we should say ELaLUIEUE -"Make IEUE shine like a star!" or "Shine IEUE like a star, you people!"
What a beautiful language ancient Hebrew is!
Article Last Updated Sep 6, 2010.
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