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Facets of God Displayed in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet (Aleph-Bet-Gimel)—Part One

Updated on December 4, 2017


As many of you know my favorite Biblical studies center around the ancient Hebraic roots of our Christian faith. In many of my articles, I like to include Hebrew word studies and the pictographs they contain that can sometimes give us a more detailed and in-depth view of Biblical concepts.

In this series of articles, I would like to look at each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet and show how each one magnificently portrays a facet of Gods character. Please note that the words with Hebrew fonts are to be read from right to left. Knowing Hebrew won't be necessary but it is helpful to know the directional aspect when I am describing the position of the letter within the Word. So when I mention the first letter it will be on the letter on the right.

It is also important to note that the fonts I am using in this article are modern Hebrew ones that were developed during the Babylonian captivity and are what is used in Israel today. In their most ancient form, these letters were actual images of the pictographs we are studying.



We begin with the letter Aleph. Aleph" is a picture of an ox or a bull. This animal is known for its strength...

much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

— Proverbs 14:4

Aleph shows us that God is strong!

The very first revealed name of God in the scriptures is Elohim (אלהים) which begins with the letter "aleph" and denotes His strength as seen in creation.

In the beginning God (Elohim - אלהים) created the heavens and the earth

— Genesis 1:1

The Aleph "א" also has to do with origins and beginnings considering it is the "first" letter in the Aleph-Bet and also depicted in the above verse. It is the "first" letter in the Hebrew word for father (ab - אב ) more familiarly "abba" which is also the very "first" word in the Hebrew dictionary. The Lord's prayer as taught by Jesus Himself "begins" with "Our Father".

An ox is also noted for its dependability and reliability. In fact, the early pioneers preferred oxen over mules or horses for pulling wagons, for this very reason.

...know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God...

— Deuteronomy 7:9

Aleph begins with showing us the strong dependable Father.

The Father's Love Revealed

It is also a relevant connection that the Hebrew word for love "ahab" - אהב contains the same letters as "father" with the addition of one letter in the middle.

"Ab" the Hebrew word for father is spelled with an aleph and a bet אב (reminder to read the Hebrew word beginning on the right)

Love is spelled with an "aleph", a "hey", and "bet" אהב.

From a pictograph perspective, the "hey's" position in the middle of the word (between the aleph and bet - Hebrew word for father) signifies the heart of the word and "hey" itself is a picture of a window represents something revealed. In other words, love may be defined as the heart of the Father revealed. What is in the heart of the Father is love.

Remember Philips plea to Jesus

“Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

— John 14:8

It was as if Philip was saying that it's all we need to know. That is what Jesus came essentially to do was show us the heart full of the love of the Father.

"Jesus said to him...He who has seen Me has seen the Father"

— John 14:9

It was Jesus who demonstrated this heart of love for us as shown in this next word revelation.

The two letters ending Ahab (love) are "hey" and "bet" and this Hebrew word is an abbreviation for a word meaning to give. Keep in mind that the Bull or Ox is also known to be a sacrificial animal, let's read this very familiar portion of scripture that ties this all together.

For God (the Father) so loved the world that He gave (sacrificed) His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

— John 3:16

A revelation of the Father's love as revealed in the sacrificial giving of His Son that cleansed us from our sin that paved a way for a new eternal beginning.

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love...

— Jeremiah 31:3

"In Aramaic the term Abba (Father) is a term of intimacy and respectful familiarity, a word of belonging and connection, of family and protection and of love...A fathers love formed the center of the household"

— David Timms "Living the Lord's Prayer"


The second letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet is "Bet" "ב". "Bet" is a picture of a house or floor plan of a tent and comes with idea of home and family


"Bet" is the first letter of the word "son" (ben בן). It is also the first letter of the word for build benah בנה. We can see that one letter "hey" is added to son to form the word build. When hey is at the end of the word it can indicate "what comes from" building up the family name was the responsibility of a son. It was pertinent in ancient culture to preserve the family name and line. What comes from the son? The family

This letter shows us Jesus the Son of God who was sent to build a family.

Is this not the carpenter...?

— Mark 6:3

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named

— Ephesians 3:14

We know from the scriptures that we are that temple. also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

— I Peter 2:5

"Christ Himself is the builder of his spiritual temple, and has built it on the mountain of His unchangeable affection, His omnipotent grace, and His infallible truthfulness."

"Each individual believer is being prepared and polished and made ready for his place in the temple, but Christs own hand performs the preparation work"

— C.H. Spurgeon


Gimel "ג" is the third letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet and it is a picture of a camel. In a previous hub "Bless and Knee" it was noted that the camel could be viewed as a bestower of blessings and benefits. The Holy Spirit can be shown in this concept.

A camel traverses through the wilderness to bestow benefits

Just as the Holy Spirit is a bestower of Christ to man. We see this in the beginning in the creation narrative.

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters

— Genesis 1:2

We can see a vast dark and deep wilderness of nothingness and the Spirit of God brooding over it.

A camel ("gimel") is noted for its kneeling as well as its lifting up. It was the Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the dead and bestowed the treasures from above to us.

Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

— Acts 2:33

Some more on the benefits bestowed...

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him

— Acts 10:38

This next verse ties together the first three letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet in showing us a facet of God.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

— Romans 5:5

It is the Love of God the Father (Aleph) poured into our hearts through His Son (Bet) by the Holy Spirit (Gimel) who was given to us (bestowed upon us).

This wraps up the first part of the series. The next article will look at the next three letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet which are "dalet", "hey", and "vav".


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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Tam. God Bless you my precious sister. I was led to your hub this evening. I have not published a hub in a time. I have been busy girl. I have started many but none of them came together to publish, yet. God seems to deal with me in this way. When I get through a storm I write about it. The enemy has tried to put the skids on my writing girl. He is defeated already and we are victorious in Christ Jesus, Amen! All Praise and Glory to God, dear sista. I have missed your writings. Hub town is growing in leaps and bounds. It takes time to move from corner to corner.

      I so love this hub precious tam. God has truly blessed you with teaching His aleph bet. Tonight it is like the light bulb came on and I have confidence. There is hope for me to learn this. I hope to come often to learn.. Thank you for your heartfelt diligence and perseverance sister. God so shines through you my friend. Your teaching truly moves on my spirit. I am amazed at Gods love. His goodness pours over us day by day. He is amazing love dear sista. I can see how His aleph bet helps us to grow in a deeper understanding and relationship with Him. I love you tam and pray all is well with you and yours dear child of God. Sending a big hug your way. Skye

      shared voted again!

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      Tamarajo 4 years ago

      Hello Michael-Milec. Glad to know that purpose of the series, in testifying that God is and wants us to truly know and understand in every way possible the solidity and dependability of His truth, was achieved.

      that we may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that we may be filled with all the fullness of God ~ Ephesians 3:18-19

      Thank you for your comment and encouragement. Blessed by your visit

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Hi tamarajo.

      Very thorough research . A great testimony to God communicating closely with His people as a testimony to other nations that He is only living God who speaks to every generation , to be known as well letting His will to be know. Amazing symbols !

      Thanks for sharing.

      Up and useful.

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      Tamarajo 4 years ago

      Thank you drpastorcarlotta, I have been working on a few things finding it a challenge to squeeze it all in. Would love to get back to some more lessons and writing. I think I'm being challenged as well to practice and exercise faith in the things He has shown me. Always room for growth in that.

      Blessed to have you stop by.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Great writing! Love the video!!!!! Voted-Up! I have missed you!!!

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      Tamarajo 4 years ago

      Hello Charl, excited to know that the qualities of Our incredible God and His glorious salvation displayed in even the letters of His language will be shared. I think there is an eternity of discoveries yet to be made.

      I hope the studies are useful in communicating the greatness of our God.

      Another excellent resource on the letters is Jewish Jewels and some of their programs can be found on vimeo. Dr.Danny Ben Gigi former professor of Hebrew studies at Arizona State University is their guest host on the topic. It was where I got started.

      Psalm 119 is an excellent place to learn a bit about the letters. I have gained much insight from them as well as it is one of the acrostic psalms and are divided into sections titled by the letters which gives consistency to their meaning.

      Scripture always explains itself even in its letters.

      Bless your studies and thank you for your visit and encouraging comment.

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      Charl Marltoo 4 years ago

      Hello Tamarajo:

      I teach an adult Sunday School Class in Southern California and I had played a video showing the pictographical meaning of YHWH to be "Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail". I saw your blog on the meanings of the Hebrew letters and am going to start a series on that and Psalm 119. Thanks for your content. I will be giving your blod address to people in my class and I hope they review some of your other material. Again thanks for your work here. It is being used by God in Anaheim. Dennis

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      Tamarajo 4 years ago

      Hello again shofarcall, I have been amazed and humbled by the language of the Lord as well. What I love the most is that it always confirms. No matter how you look at it His truth remains the same. It really solidifies His simple message of the Gospel and gives us deeper insight and depth to that message.

      I share your sentiment about the resurrection of the language. The following verse comes to mind.

      “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language,

      That they all may call on the name of the Lord,

      To serve Him with one accord ~ Zephaniah 3:9

      Blessed again by your visit and additional insight. Thanks for your visit.

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      shofarcall 4 years ago

      Thank you, thank you Tamajaro for this hub revealing to us yet another facet of the magnificence of Abba Father in every Hebrew letter that is written or spoken. No wonder that, as was written: The Hebrew language has been resurrected, after 2000 years, and is once again a living language. Praise God.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Hi Michelle, I am glad that you appreciated the article.

      You are correct about Jesus being the Alpha and the Omega as stated in the book of Revelation. The New Testament (which Revelation is in) was written in Greek therefore Alpha and Omega are referring to the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet are Aleph and Tav which essentially carry the same idea. The conclusion (part 7) of this series explains some of that and makes the very connection you are referring to.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and your thoughtful comment. And God's blessings to you too.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you so much for writing this hub. It is wonderful and true. As we know the first letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet is Aleph.

      My knowledge of Hebrew is very limited, so please forgive me, but the last of the Hebrew Aleph-bet is Omaga.

      As you know in the English bible, we are told that God is the Alpha and the Omega. The first and the last. God created the Heavens and the Universe. Then this earth will end and a new Heavens and a New Earth which will be Paradise will be created.

      Wonderful hub.

      Voted up

      God bless you!

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      The efforts were a pleasure. I find nothing more gratifying then studying His Word and admiring His wonders, wisdom, and ways. Blessed as always for you to stop by James. God Bless you too!

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      This is a fascinating series. Thank you for your efforts in putting it together. God Bless You!


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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Thank you Caroline. Glad you were blessed by the revelation of God's wonderful characteristics revealed in the letters of His Word.

      Blessed to have you stop by, read, and comment.

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      Caroline 5 years ago

      Think so much for this valuableteaching. It has certainly blessed me .waiting for all the letters

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      rgmg50, Lovely additional insights and affirmed in the conclusion of the series about Jesus being the aleph and tav, alpha and omega, beginning and end.

      I also loved the connection you made about Jesus being in the Father and the Father in Him, as well as Father Son and Spirit in creation... wow that could keep me busy in ponder for awhile. all ready thinking along the lines of Father-will (strong and leading), Son-heart (inside), Spirit-power (ability to resurrect and bring life) as required elements of creation. His wonders never cease!

      I so appreciated your input and additional revelation. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      rgmg50 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful hub. I did not realise that Father, Son and Spirit is connected to the first three letters of Hebrew alphabet. While I am reading this hub, wonderful pictures and Scripture connections come forth. One thing that came to mind was that Jesus said he is the beginning and end, aleph and tav. He also said He is in the Father and the Fathe in Him and aleph represents the Father as well. And with the three letters and Father, Son and Spirit taking part in creation. and...and...Thank you for this wonderful hub

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Thank you ithabise glad you stopped by and blessed by your encouragement.

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      Michael S. 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Wonderful insights, Tamarajo. I always know that when I read your hubs I am going to be fed something rich and reflective. Looking forward to reading the others.

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      Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Oh, Tamajaro, what a true statement. I just read yesterday Psalm 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. The word Salvation = Yeshuvah is in Hebrew. What a joy is to see it.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      I agree brotheryochanan that the understanding of the Hebraic roots is a priceless study in understanding the entirety of scripture. Im not sure how it is possible to understand the New Testament without understanding the old. I Corinthians 10 tells us that it was written for our example.

      I simply love how Jesus (Yeshua-salvation) is everywhere in the Old Testament and as we see in this study the letters even point to Him.

      Thank you so much for reading and your additional insight.

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      brotheryochanan 5 years ago

      It is essential that the gentile christian believer become more involved in the roots of hebrewism and that we understand from a Hebraic understanding the mind-set of those who lived in those times. When the 'completed christian' (jews) and the gentiles unite, we gentiles shall be blessed indeed and mainstream present church doctrines will fall as lightning or be as a 'candle snuffed out' - the word lightning in this instance.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Hi DeBorrah, I love your insight about the world moving in the wrong direction as imaged in the reading directions of the culture. Again everything with God is significant and full of lessons.

      I have often wondered if the brain reads more naturally from left to right as well and curious if this plays any role in those who are dyslexic.

      Always a blessing to have you stop by. Thank you for your additional insight and encouragement.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Tamarajo, This was very enlightening as well as informative. You have provided marvelous commentary to help us better understand the fundamentals of the Hebrew original language of the Bible. I think it is so interesting how we go from the right to the left to read the Hebrew language properly. By contrast this is what is happening in the world; it is gradually moving away from what is right farther to the left in the wrong direction...

      I know the rest of this series will be great looking forward to part 2, God Bless You!

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Hello Shelpeare, Agreed about the alphabetic portions of scripture being pregnant with meaning. I have been able to glean much about the letters by reading these portions in the context of the letter they represent and the text seems to be consistent with the symbol of the letter.

      Glad you found the article interesting and I appreciate your visit and additional input.

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      shelpeare 5 years ago

      Interesting. The Hebrew alphabet is one of my favourite studies. The acrostic-alphabetic Psalms like Psa. 9, 10, 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119 and 145 as well as Lamentations 1-4 and Prov. 31:10-31 are pregnant with meaning.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Hi Skye, Glad you enjoyed the article and are interested in the Hebrew language. It is simply stunning how God in so many ways wants us to comprehend Him, His ways, truth, and love. It seems the deeper I dig the more layers I find.

      If you are interested Jewish Jewels a messianic ministry did a series on the Aleph Bet and it is where I got started. They go through each letter with a guest host Dr. Danny Ben Gigi former professor of Hebrew at Arizona State University. Some of the episodes can be accessed via their website program archives.

      Have a great day Skye always blessed by your visits

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Tamarajo Sister wow. I so love this. I have been very curious to the Hebrew language. You have done an awesome works here. It is clear the Spirit of God moves on you. Your writing is always so clear, you make it easy to understand your teaching. Really GOOD. I will return to read the rest!! Hopefully soon. You are precious indeed tam..

      Love ya my friend. I do pray all is well with you and yours. The days are flying by. The return of Jesus is growing closer. Keep going sister. Hugs

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      me too Vladimir, I actually get some computer time today and going to look that up.

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      Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

      I love Hebrew language. I am listening now New Testament sometimes Old. NT is free download call: Faith Comes By Hearing. I have also Bible stick, the listening of NT lasting 19 hrs.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Hi Bob,

      Love Zola Levitt's ministry. I have considered purchasing their materials as well.

      The language is so stunning in that nothing is meaningless with God even spelling a Word is deep, wide, and high with His insights and always gloriously declaring who He is. What always so amazes me is the consistency forward backward and upside down no matter how you look at it He remains the same and shows us in a billion different ways.

      Thanks for reading and you're always encouraging comment Bob.

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      Robert E Smith 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I had ordered "Zola Levitt's Introduction To Hebrew" and I refer back to it often. Hebrew is so interesting and to think that is the original language, the one spoken by God to Adam and Eve, well that just blows my mind. It makes me wonder if we will all speak Hebrew in heaven or if God will speak to us in our own language and we all use the original spiritual gift of tongues to speak our own language and be heard in the understanding of the one to whom we speak. Great hub sister. Love ya.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Thank you lifegate. Especially in this series I do seek that God's qualities and attributes be magnified and how relevant for Him to reveal Himself first as the Father. So happy that is what is coming through...the Father glorified.

      In a culture that appears not to esteem the role of the strong and leading father we can see the unraveling of the fabric of family and the distortion of the image God wished to portray of His incredible love for each one of us.

      So grateful for His Word to help keep us with the proper view and perspective.

      I appreciate your visit and comment.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      Beautifully done. What I notice about your hubs is that the Father is always glorified. Regardless of what you many be writing about, it al;l goes back to Him. Thanks for another one!

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      Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

      It makes me happy and blessed.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Thank you Vladimir, His Word for sure is infinitely deep, wide, and high. His wonders never cease!

      I so appreciate you reading and commenting. Your encouragement means much to me.

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      Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Tamarajo, absolutely awesome, cannot wait for the rest. What dimension we see in Word, our awesome God. Thanks very much for this great Hub.

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Amen Timlove "What a God we serve" That is exactly what I hope to communicate in this series and these first three letters certainly do lay a foundation for the rest of the series.

      I am grateful for you to stop by and comment.

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      Timlove 5 years ago from upstate New York

      What A God we serve Tamarajo, He poured himself into his creation, he poured himself into his son, and he has poured himself into us, amazing.

      All in the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet I like where this is going, looking foreward to the next part of the series. God bless