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Headword: *)/alfa
Adler number: alpha,1445
Translated headword: alpha
Vetting Status: high
Indeclinables, such as alpha, give a nominative sense [when] without an article; if with an article [it is that] of an oblique case.[1]
The sound of the alpha, the first and chief letter, took its name from the Hebrew aleph; so that the sacred letters are discoveries of Abraham, even if Greeks amused themselves by forming the letters differently.[2]
Greek Original:
*)/alfa: o(/ti ta\ a)/klita, oi(=on to\ a)/lfa, xwri\s a)/rqrou di/dwsin u(po/noian eu)qei/as, ei) de\ su\n a)/rqrw| plagi/as ptw/sews. o(/ti h( tou= a)/lfa fwnh/, tou= prw/tou stoixei/ou kai\ a)/rxontos, a)po\ tou= *)/alef *(ebrai/ou th\n e)pi/klhsin e)/laben: w(/ste ta\ i(era\ gra/mmata eu(rh/mata ei)=nai tou= *)abraa/m, ka)\n a)/llws kai\ a)/llws e(autou\s diapai/zontes a)nagra/fwsin *(/ellhnes.
[1] This grammatical material has no exact parallel elsewhere.
[2] This supplementary paragraph draws on the long "Abraham" entry, alpha 69.
Keywords: aetiology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 12 June 2000@10:40:14.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (Altered wording.) on 5 September 2000@00:42:07.
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note; cosmetics) on 26 February 2001@06:53:57.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 11 February 2012@06:29:04.
David Whitehead (another note) on 14 June 2015@06:23:45.


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