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The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Alpha
alpha (al´fuh), the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In Revelation, God (1:8; 21:6) and Jesus (22:13) are called “the Alpha and the Omega,” meaning the first and the last (omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet; cf. Isa. 44:6 for God as “first” and “last”). The author of Revelation believes
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Alpha
Alpha (Α), the first letter of the Greek alphabet. With Omega (Ω), the last letter, it is used in the Old Testament and in the New to express the eternity of God, as including both the beginning and the end. Rev. 1:8, 11; 21:6; 22:13; Isa. 41:4; 44:6; hence these letters became a favorite symbol of the
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
A
A—Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, as Omega is the last. These letters occur in the text of Rev. 1:8, 11; 21:6; 22:13, and are represented by “Alpha” and “Omega” respectively (omitted in R.V., 1:11). They mean “the first and last.” (Comp. Heb. 12:2; Isa. 41:4; 44:6; Rev. 1:11, 17; 2:8.)
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Alpha
Alphaalpha (alʹfuh), the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In Revelation, God (1:8; 21:6) and Jesus (22:13) are called ‘the Alpha and the Omega,’ meaning the first and the last (omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet; cf. Isa. 44:6 for God as ‘first’ and ‘last’). God was present at the first
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Alpha
Al′pha.I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last” (Rev. 1:8). “Alpha” is the first, and “O-meg′a” the last letter of the Greek alphabet. Α Ω.
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Alpha
Alpha and Omega.—The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Thus united, they are employed by St. John in the Apocalypse (1:8; 22:13; 21:6) to designate the divine wisdom, origin, and end of all things. The Alpha and Omega,—the first and the last, the beginning and the end. These two letters were
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Alpha
Alʹpha, the first letter in the Greek alphabet, as Omega is the last. Our Lord says of himself in expression of his eternity of being, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last” (Rev. 1:8, 11; 21:6; 22:13). The like form of expression to denote the eternity of God is
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ALPHA
ALPHA [α a, Α A]. The first letter of the Greek alphabet. The letter derives from the Phoenician *ʾalp, the voiceless glottal stop, which was not needed in Greek, so the sign was put to use as a vowel letter representing a. In Rev 1:8 and 22:13, the letter is used with O (Ω; omega), the last letter of