Surprise Derivation

I am a Christian. I was raised in a very southern Baptist home and accepted most of the southern Baptist teachings as gospel, including the belief that homosexuality was a sin and perversion. Although I knew that I had a desire for same-sex encounters, for fifty-four years I fought against that desire and remained without male sexual contact during the years that I was married to my wife and for seven more years after the divorce. It’s now been nearly thirty years since I began attending King of Peace, an MCC church where diversity was accepted and encouraged. I can finally shout hallelujah that God created me a gay man. Recently, my partner has been communicating with a Jewish man in Israel. The Israeli told him that the word “hallelujah” means “praise to God.” I think I have known the meaning of that word for a long time, but I never before realized that the “jah” at the end comes from “Jahweh,” the old testament name for God.

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About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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4 Responses to Surprise Derivation

  1. Rans Halwa says:

    When the world was undeveloped, the mind of the human was the same track. He couldn’t understand the natural phenomenon and thought they were carried by some mighty power out. Poor thoughts coming out such a way. I wonder they are still running in the modern world. What a pity?

  2. David says:

    HI there,
    I am afraid I am that guy who wrote to you partner, who is a pen pal, to clarfify the meaning of hallĕlūyāh. It is a transliteration of the Hebrew word which is actually a two-word phrase, not one word, composed of two elements: Hallelu (second-person imperative masculine plural form of the Hebrew verb hillel: an exhortation to “praise” addressed to several people, and Yah (one of the names of God: Yah). The Greek. Latin and German translators of the Bible (I mean the Jewish Bible which is sometimes referred by the Christian world as Old Testament) twisted Hebrew names and “converted” them to Latin, Greek, or German, to which I may refer a bit later).
    The word hallĕlūyāh is used 24 times in the book of Psalms, and The Greek transliteration ἀλληλούϊα (allēlouia) appears in the Septuagint version of these Psalms, and in Tobit 13:17 and 3 Maccabees 7:13, and four times in Revelation 19:1–6, the great song of praise to God for his triumph over the Whore of Babylon.
    The word hallelujah occurring in the Psalms in Hebrew is a request for a congregation to join in praise toward God. For most Christians, “Hallelujah” is considered a joyful word of praise to God, rather than an injunction or request to praise him. It is frequently spoken to express happiness that a thing waited for has happened.
    As promised, a short note how Hebrew words were “converted” –
    Mount Metsada in Hebrew became Massada in the Latin translation, because there was no TS in Latin, but only S. The same happened with the H. In the Greek (and Latin) transations the H was omitted, and end of word with O bacame ON. Hence Har Megiddo (which means Mount of Megiddo) was “transliterated” as Armagaddon. Not to mention Jerusalem which in Hebrew is pronounced Yerushalayim (no sh in Greek, and the Y became J – like in Yah) hence is Jerusalem).
    This will do for today.

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