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Greek alphabet alpha-omega

Greek alphabet alpha-omega (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. Its roots go back to the Phoenician “aleph,” meaning “ox.”¹

In the New Testament it is part of an appellation for Jesus Christ: “I am the alpha and the omega” (Rev 1:8).

This statement is usually taken to mean that Christ is present from the beginning to the end of time.

Alpha & Omega by Lawrence OP via Flickr

In pop culture Alpha was the name of the fictional moon base in the British TV show, Space 1999 (1975-77). And Alphaville is the name of a German synthpop band (1982-present) that gained prominence with its international hit, “Forever Young.”

On the internet there’s a Wiki called Memory Alpha that, in its own words, “is a collaborative project to create the most definitive, accurate, and accessible encyclopedia and reference for everything related to Star Trek.”² It is one of the largest Wikis containing over 36,000 articles.

¹ On the Phoenicians, Wikipedia says they “were the first state-level society to make extensive use of the alphabet. The Phoenician phonetic alphabet is generally believed to be the ancestor of almost all modern alphabets, although it did not contain any vowels (these were added later by the Greeks).” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenicia

² http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Portal:Main

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