September 15, 2009

Lesson 1: Hebrew Alef

This is for beginner level Biblical Hebrew lessons that begin with the Hebrew alphabet and some short words.  Hebrew vowels are not included in the beginner's level.  These lessons are designed for the Deaf, who cannot hear the difference between most vowels sounds, anyway.  This is exactly how the original Hebrew language began, without the vowels.
א

This is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
It is called "Alef"
Long ago, during proto-canaanite period, this letter was originally carved on stones to look like an ox.
It slowly changed over time to look like A or א
It has several meanings: First, Gentle, Tame, Ox, Bull, Leader of family or tribe.
It also represents the number 1.

Related scriptures:
Proverbs 14:4
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
Oxen were also an important part of the tabernacle offerings, especially for leaders.
Numbers 7:3
They brought their offering before the Lord, six covered carts and twelve oxen, a cart for every two of the leaders and an ox for each one. These they presented before the tabernacle.

Revelation 22:13:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.(NIV)
I am the 'A' and the 'Z,' the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (CJB)
Isaiah 41:4, the first mention of it in the Old Testament,
which was originally written in Hebrew:
“Who has performed and accomplished it,
Calling forth the generations from the beginning?
‘I, Adonai (Lord), am the first, and with the last. I am He.’”
Also Isaiah 44:6,
Thus says Adonai, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: "I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me."

Yeshua is the first and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, so properly translated,
He is saying that He is the Alef and the Tav, from the Hebrew alphabet!!
Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet.
Z is the last letter of our English alphabet.
Surprisingly, the letter A looks very much the same and listed as first in most of the foreign language alphabets.

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