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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Aleph
Aleph äʹləf [א]. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, transliterated by an apostrophe (’), not to be confused with the smooth-breathing mark in Greek orthography. It became the symbol for the number one, and also that of the famous Greek biblical MS Codex Sinaiticus. See Writing; Number; Text and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Aleph
ALEPH. The first letter of both the Phoenician and Heb. alphabets. It is a consonant having no counterpart in the English alphabet. From aleph the Gr. alpha, a vowel, is derived. It is used to begin the first word of each verse in the first section of (Ps 119), called the acrostic psalm. See Alphabet.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Aleph
AlephThe first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, representing the glottal stop (transliterated ʾ). The Hebrew character (a) designates Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th-century c.e. Greek manuscript of the Bible.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Aleph
Aleph [äˊlĭf]. The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet (cf. KJV, NIV, JB at Ps. 119:1), representing the glottal stop (transliterated by ˒). Its numerical value is one. The Hebrew character (א) is used to designate a fourth-century A.D. Greek manuscript of the Bible, Codex Sinaiticus.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Aleph
ALEPH The first letter in the Hebrew alphabet (א). The letter א is also used to represent Codex Sinaiticus, an ancient Greek version of the Scriptures that dates back to the fourth century a.d. (See also Languages of the Bible.)
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
aleph (א)
aleph (א‎). The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, numerically equivalent to one. Textual critics of the NT use it to denote the *Codex Sinaiticus.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Aleph
A´LEPH (א) (āʹlef; “ox”). The first letter of the Heb. alphabet, corresponding to Gk. alpha (α), cf. English “a.” But Heb. aleph is a consonant and has no representative in English. It is transliterated by the apostrophe (’). This letter heads Ps. 119, each of the first eight verses beginning with aleph
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Aleph
Alephaleph (ahʹlef), the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, often used to designate a fourth-century a.d. parchment manuscript of the Greek Bible. The manuscript was discovered during the nineteenth century by Konstantin von Tischendorf at the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai and hence called
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Aleph
ALEPH [AH lef] — the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, used as a heading over Psalm 119:1–8. In the original Hebrew language, each of these eight verses began with the letter aleph. Also see Acrostic.Photo by Howard VosBust of Alexander the Great, Greek military conqueror.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ALEPH
ALEPH<a’-lef> ( א‎ []): The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is nearly soundless itself and best represented, as in this Encyclopedia, by the smooth breathing (’), but it is the direct ancestor of the Greek, Latin and English “a” as in “father.” In either case this beginning of the alphabet
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Aleph
aleph ah′lef (from אֶלֶףH546, “cattle”). (1) The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet (א), with a numerical value of one. It is named for the shape of the letter, which in its older form resembled the head of an ox. Phonetically, the sound it represents is a glottal stop (a momentary closure of the glottis,