Jewish Alphabet
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Alphabet. Letters, characters, signs, or symbols of a language, arranged in a traditional order, and used to indicate speech sounds. The alphabet has considerable significance to readers of the Bible. “I am Alpha and Omega … saith the Lord” (Rv 1:8 kjv). Jesus mentioned the “jot and tittle” (Mt 5:18
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ALPHABET. An alphabet is a series of letters which represent significant phonetic values arranged in a socially accepted order. The word alphabet is a combination of the names of the first two letters of the Gr. alphabet, alpha and beta.Alphabetic writing was preceded by other methods of written communication.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Alphabet (Lat. alphabetum, from Gk. alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet).† A system of signs representing single sounds of speech. The primary system of writing today is the alphabet which originated among Northwest Semitic peoples in the first half of the second millennium
Compton’s Encyclopedia
alphabetTo English speakers, writing the letters c, a, and t for “cat” seems as natural as pronouncing the word. Each letter stands for one sound in the spoken word. To write the word, the sign for each sound is simply set down in the proper order. This kind of writing is called alphabetic, from the
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Alphabet. This is the only word compounded of letters only. The Greek alpha (a) beta (b); our A B C (book), etc. The number of letters in an alphabet varies in different languages. Thus there are21letters in the Italian alphabet.22Hebrew & Syriac alphabet23Latin24Greek25French
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
alphabet (through Lat. from Gk. ἀλφάβητος, derived from the initial two letters of the Greek alphabet, ἄλφα and βῆτα). A series of conventional signs for transcribing the sounds of a language, each sign ideally representing one single sound. This concept must be distinguished from other forms of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
ALPHABET, alʹfa-bet: An alphabet is a list of the elementary sounds used in any language.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ALPHABET. Despite their sometimes-striking differences in appearance, the myriad of alphabets, ancient and modern, are cousins, descendants of a common ancestor devised some 4,000 years ago. The proof of this kinship is the fact that all alphabets are based on a common principle, namely, that a single