The Hebrew Alphabet

December 21, 2016

The Hebrew language is derived from 22 letters. The 22 letters also represent the numbering system, as each letter also represents a number. Going back to the earliest form of the language, which was called Paleo-Hebrew, each letter also represents a picture with its associated word concept. It is quite an exciting language and, I believe as do many others, the original language of the human race before the tower of Babel.  

 

Below I have listed the letter, number representation, and the picture/word association. Enjoy!

 

 

Number 1:  Aleph  -   an ox, bull = strength, leader and primacy

Number 2:  Bet      -  a  house = household, family

Number 3:  Gimel  -  a camel, foot  =  pride

Number 4:  Dalet  -  a door  = pathway, opening, entry

Number 5:  Hey  -  a window = behold, "The", to reveal, inspiration, what comes from

Number 6:  Vav  -  a nail, hook or peg =  "And", to fasten, join together, secure, add

Number 7:  Zayin  -  a plow, weapon = cut, to cut off

Number 8:  Chet  -  a wall, fence  = separation

Number 9:  Tet  -  basket, snake = winding, surround

Number 10:  Yod  -  arm and hand  =  deed, work, to make

Number  20:  Kaf  -  Palm of hand  = to open, allow, cover or give

Number  30:  Lamed  -  a staff, goad  =  authority, control, "To/From" 

Number  40:  Mem  -  water = chaos

Number  50:  Nun  - a seed, fish  =  life, activity

Number 60:  Samech  -  hand on staff, prop  =  support

Number 70:  Ayin  -  an eye  =  to know, see, manifest, make visible

Number 80:  Pey  -  mouth  =  word, speak

Number  90:  Tsade  -  a hook  =  desire, need, catch

Number  100:  Qof  -  sun on horizon, needle eye, back of the head  =  behind, last, least

Number 200:  Resh  -  head  = person, skull

Number 300:  Shin  -  teeth =  consume, destroy, eat

Number 400:  Tav  -  mark, sign  = covenant, seal

 

Below is a chart depicting the modern Hebrew Aleph-Bet.  It is known as Aramaic Script. Five of the letters have an additional final form. (The Kaf, Mem, Nun, Peh, and Tsade). If you click on the picture you will find a link to the Jewish Virtual Library, where the picture came from. There you will find additional information about the letters of the Aleph-Bet.

 

In addition, valuable information can be found at the following link, along with pictures of the Paleo-Hebrew letters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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