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Greek Concordance

1 ἄλφα alpha al’-fah

of Hebrew origin a א; Indeclinable Letter; Noun;

AV-Alpha 4; 4

1) first letter of the Greek alphabet used with the last letter 5598 as “alpha and omega, the first and the last”, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:11, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:13.

The Greek letter A, alpha, as number 1 or 1000, α (alpha) is used as a prefix in compound words indicating:

a) Negation - this negative prefix is called its “privative use” (στερητικόν), and usually means "no" or "not", which is equivalent to English “without,” or the English prefix “un-” from West Germanic; e.g. unprecedented, unbelievable, and also in- from Latin; e.g. incapable, inarticulate. In English, the English letter a- is sometimes called alpha privative, from Ancient Greek α- αν-; e.g. apathetic, abiogenesis. Other Greek words already beginning with the letter alpha use a negative particle before them like mē or ou, so as not to create an untidy double alpha. While words not beginning with Alpha can be negated and become a new word, words beginning with Alpha must create two words. A word such as unforgiveness is literally " to not forgive" ou/mē aphiēmi.
b) Increasing intensity (ἐπιτατικόν)
c) Copulative (ἀθροιστικόν)
2) Christ is the Alpha to indicate that he is the beginning and the end

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