Hillel was great and good and clever, but his exposition of
Scripture, as we see from the above, is not always to be
depended upon. If, indeed, he was the teacher of Jesus, as some
suppose him to have been, then Jesus must, even from a
Rabbinical stand-point, be regarded as greater than Hillel the
Great, for He never handled the Scriptures with such
One hundred and three chapters (or psalms) were uttered by David, and he
did not pronounce the word Hallelujah until he came to contemplate the
downfall of the wicked; as it is written (Ps. civ. 35), "Let the sinners
be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the
Lord, O my soul, Hallelujah!" Instead of one hundred and three we ought
to say a hundred and four, but we infer from this that "Blessed is the
man," etc., and "Why do the heathen rage?" etc., are but one psalm.
THE TALMUD, _Berachoth_, fol. 9, col. 2.