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Headword: Ἄλφα
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:
Ἄλφα: ὅτι τὰ ἄκλιτα, οἷον τὸ ἄλφα, χωρὶς ἄρθρου δίδωσιν ὑπόνοιαν εὐθείας, εἰ δὲ σὺν ἄρθρῳ πλαγίας πτώσεως. ὅτι ἡ τοῦ ἄλφα φωνή, τοῦ πρώτου στοιχείου καὶ ἄρχοντος, ἀπὸ τοῦ Ἄλεφ Ἑβραίου τὴν ἐπίκλησιν ἔλαβεν: ὥστε τὰ ἱερὰ γράμματα εὑρήματα εἶναι τοῦ Ἀβραάμ, κἂν ἄλλως καὶ ἄλλως ἑαυτοὺς διαπαίζοντες ἀναγράφωσιν Ἕλληνες.
[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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