Meaning of Alpha – Symbols Dictionary

Alpha symbolizes the beginning, as it is the name of the first Greek letter of the classical Greek alphabet (alpha). Its origin, however, is Hebrew. It comes from álefe, which is the name of the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

The alphabet, which would have been created by Cadmus, a legendary Phoenician hero, would have alpha as the first letter because it is also the first letter of the Phoenician alphabet.

Alpha means bull to the Phoenicians and to them the animal was considered the first thing essential to man.

Meaning of Alpha - Symbols Dictionary

Alpha and Omega

Together with Omega (last letter of the Greek alphabet), it represents God in Christianity.

This reference is made in the Holy Scripture and means that God is the beginning and the end of all things. This means that all existing things are enclosed in God. God symbolizes wholeness:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is, the one who was, and the one who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Alpha and Omega, also represent the belief of God’s existence. For Christians, God has existed since the beginning of time and will exist forever, for he is eternal.

The symbol is found inscribed on Christian symbols such as the cross and the paschal candle. It was used as a secret symbol by the early followers of Christianity.

It should be noted that the modern expression “from A to Z” has the sense of something complete or done in a detailed and careful way.

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