Hallelujah Christian, The

DESCRIPTION: "I'm a hallelujah Christian, From the wilderness I came, I'm saved and washed in Jesus's blood, Hallelujah to his name!" The singer visits the Jordan and Jericho, meets giants, dwells in Beulah, and awaits the Bridegroom (i.e. Jesus)
AUTHOR: W. H. Vanderherchen (source: hymnary.org)
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Richardson/Spaeth-AmericanMountainSongs)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad travel
FOUND IN: US(Ap)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Richardson/Spaeth-AmericanMountainSongs, p. 66, "The Hallelujah Christian" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #13917
NOTES [140 words]: This is quite a hodgepodge. References to being washed in Jesus's blood are never explicit, but Rev. 7:14 refers to those washed in the blood of the Lamb, i.e. Jesus. The Jordan river is of course mentioned many times. The conquest of Jericho is covered in Joshua 6 (although the town was later rebuilt). There are numerous references to the Anakim, often understood to be giants: in the King James Bible,they are mentioned in Deut. 1:28, 2:10, 11, 21, 9:2; Josh. 11:21, 22, 14:12, 15 as well as references to "Anak," as well as other giants, the Rephaim and Nephilim. The land of Beulah is mentioned only in Isaiah 62:4, although modern versions (e.g. NRSV) may render this by its meaning "Married." Implicit mentions of Jesus as Bridegroom show up in Matthew 9=Mark 2=Luke 2; the reference to the Bridegroom coming is from Matthew 25. - RBW
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