> But in other contexts, the letters of the Greek alphabet are fraught > with meaning! > > Thus, "alpha" comes from "aleph", which means "Ox".
References please? The _name_ "alpha" might be a degenerate form of the Hebrew "aleph", but the letter itself started AS the symbol for an ox, in Greek. It actually comes from the upside down capital "alpha", which was the actual symbol for the head of an ox. (Just picture an upside down "A").
Who says it's not the other way around and "aleph" is not a degenerate form of "alpha"?
> And "gamma" comes > from "gimel"... so one can look at a book on the history of the > alphabet.
I am not convinced that easily, particularly given the long history of both Hebrews and Greeks. If you have some online linguistic references, i'd appreciate them. And since I am not a linguist myself, I am posting this to soc.culture.greek as well, so that people who are more familiar with its etymology can drop in.
> And the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are alleged to > have meaning on other levels too. > > But then to study mathematics is to go in one direction, and to study > Tarot cards is to go in a different direction... > > John Savard > http://home.ecn.ab.ca/~jsavard/index.html