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  1. Mary a Levite, then Jesus a Levite

    The idea of Messiah comes from the Torah- which was written upon the Stone Tablets given to Musa (AS). In the Torah, the Messiah is the Kohen Gadol; a messiah is one anointed with the Oil of Anointing (Shemen haMishchah). This oil was entrusted to the Family of Harun (AS)- the First Kohen Gadol over Israel. No other person- aside from a direct descendant of Harun- may be in possession of or make the shemen hamishchah- on pains of death. The Torah stipulated very clearly that the oil may not be used upon the flesh of any other person than a descendant of Harun. The first king over Israel was Musa (AS) and not Sha'ul- as many falsely claimed. The Torah stated expressly: תּוֹרָה צִוָּה-לָנוּ מֹשֶׁה מוֹרָשָׁה קְהִלַּת יַעֲקֹב וַיְהִי בִישֻׁרוּן מֶלֶךְ בְּהִתְאַסֵּף רָאשֵׁי עָם יַחַד שִׁבְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל Musa (AS) commanded us Torah- the inheritance of the congregation of Ya'aqub (AS); and he was king in Yeshurun when the heads of the people were gathered together- the united tribes of Israel. Yeshurun is another name for Israel. Allah commanded Musa (AS) to select Yehoshua ben Nun (AS) as his successor- he was the second of a long line of Shepherd Kings over Israel. In the days of Eli and Shemuel (AS), Israel was in rebellion; the monarchy of the Israelite kings was a result of rebellion. There is no such thing as a Kingly Messiah in Torah. The prophet Yehezqel (AS) explained that in the end, the Israelite system would return to that of the Torah.
  2. genesis

    According to common myths, the nephilim were fallen angels, who cohabited with human women to produce giants. This story is told by many ancient historians, such as Philo. Where do they get their idea from? The story of the giants can be found in Genesis chapter 6, which chronicles the proliferation of man upon the face of the globe. The "sons of God" see how beautiful their daughters are and take some for wives. This union is said to have produced giants. The word giant does not appear in the Hebrew Text of Genesis 6. This is found rather in a translation, the LXX. Here is how this reads: Καὶ ἐγένετο ἡνίκα ἤρξαντο οἱ ἄνθρωποι πολλοὶ γίνεσθαι ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, καὶ θυγατέρες ἐγενήθησαν αὐτοῖς. And the time came when humanity began to be many upon the earth, and daughters were born to them ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ θεοῦ τὰς θυγατέρας τῶν ἀνθρώπων ὅτι καλαί εἰσιν, ἔλαβον ἑαυτοῖς γυναῖκας ἀπὸ πασῶν, ὧν ἐξελέξαντο . Then the sons of God seeing the daughters of humanity that they were beautiful, took for themselves wives from all which they desired οἱ δὲ γίγαντες ἦσαν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις καὶ μετ᾿ ἐκεῖνο, ὡς ἂν εἰσεπορεύοντο οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ θεοῦ πρὸς τὰς θυγατέρας τῶν ἀνθρώπων καὶ ἐγεννῶσαν ἑαυτοῖς· ἐκεῖνοι ἦσαν οἱ γίγαντες οἱ ἀπ᾿ αἰῶνος, οἱ ἄνθρωποι οἱ ὀνομαστοί. The giants (gigantes) were upon the earth (ge) in those days, and after that, when the sons of God were coming into the daughters of humanity and bore for them, they were the giants (gigantes) the men of renown. As you can see in the above, the word giant is actually gigantes in the Greek. Gigantes means "earth born". To understand this we must understand a little Greek mythology. According to Hippolytus (Refutation of All Heresies), there is a Greek lyric which says: "Ge (Earth), say the Greeks, was the first to produce man . . . But it is hard to discover [who] . . . was the first of men to appear . . . [whether it was Earth of the land of] Pellene to [which was born] Phlegraian Alkyoneus, eldest of the Gigantes." Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian, writes in the 1st century BCE: "The myths record that the Gigantes were sons of Ge (Earth) because of the exceedingly great size of their bodies." And again: "The Gigantes were punished by Zeus because they had treated the rest of mankind in a lawless fashion and, confiding in their bodily superiority and strength, had enslaved their neighbours, and because they were also disobeying the rules of justice which he was laying down and were raising up war against those whom all mankind considered to be gods because of the benefactions they were conferring upon men generally." Looking at the above we can see the Greeks considered the gigantes to be born of the earth (Ge), which is the etymology of their name gigantes meaning "earth born". They were of great size and strength and also were very corrupt, enslaving the rest of humanity. But they were human. The givorim are warriors, which is how it is used in many other places in Tanakh. This shows the warlike nature of the offspring resulting from the union of the two lineages. They were no longer those who "walked with YHWH", rather the world became filled with violence because of them. There is no hint in these chapters that there were any heavenly angels who fell from heaven and intermarried with humanity. One proof is that the judgment of YHWH fell only upon humanity, as they were wiped out, save for Noah and his family. The heavenly host was never shown to be punished at all in the story of the flood, nor anywhere else in Tanakh. The gigantes of the LXX are merely violent tyrants. They were born from the earth, and were an ungodly race of people. According to Genesis, humanity (adam) was also formed from the earth (adamah). In both stories (Greek myth, and Genesis), we have earth born people, who were violent and wicked people, who were ultimately punished by God. This is how the translators would have possibly seen the nefilim, and why they would have translated nefilim as gigantes.
  3. genesis

    The Biblical narrative of the fall of humanity, original sin, the first murder, etc. present some questions which have puzzled Bible readers for centuries. Some of the most often questions I receive is "Where did Cain get his wife?" and "Who were the Nefilim?" To answer this question, it requires an understanding of Hebrew grammar and syntax-, especially of narrative structure. The first thing to understand is that the Bible is not always written in a chronological sequence; this means that when a narrative is read, it must not demand that what came first in the narrative was always the first in the narrative sequence. An easy explanation of this can be drawn from the first two verses of the Bible, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” When one reads this in English, or many other translations, one might think the first two verses are in the same narrative sequence; this, however, is incorrect. In Hebrew, the conjunction and [Waw וְ ] has several functions; the conjunction can be a temporal modifier signaling a transition from an imperfect to perfect- this is with verbs. The conjunctions can signal a continuation of a narrative sequence- the most common use of the conjunction. The conjunction can also be used as a disjunctive- a break or pause in a narrative sequence. In this case, the conjunction signifies a parenthetical narrative in the narrative sequence or a break in the prior narrative sequence and the beginning of a new narrative. As a disjunctive, the Hebrew Waw [and] is prefixed to a non-verb in the beginning of its clause; this is what occurred in the second verse above- "And the Earth was..." This construction indicated a disjunction from the preceding verse. The creation narrative, then, actually began with the second verse and not with the first verse. This use of the disjunctive Waw [and] is employed in the narratives which followed the creation narrative: Genesis 3:1 "And the serpent was...;" Genesis 4:1 "And the man knew...;" Genesis 4:4 "And Abel brought..." In each of these cases, the use of the disjunctive Waw [and] indicated a break from the previous narrative sequence. Genesis 3:1 indicated the break in the creation narrative sequence; it began a new narrative sequence from the point of view of the initial sin of Eve. It was not a chronological sequence but could have been up to 130 years after the events of the creation of man. Later, in Genesis, it is explained that Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born- after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. In the midst of this narrative, Genesis 4:1 presented a new, parenthetical narrative sequence. This, too, is irrespective of time- when this took place was never clearly mentioned. The use of the disjunctive Waw here indicated that before the temptation of Eve, the children were born; this is the natural understanding of the Hebrew Text when the first commandment God ever gave Adam and Eve was to be "fruitful and multiply." That they could have spent as much as 130 years in the Garden of Eden without procreation meant that they spent up to 130 years disobeying God's first commandment. This use of the disjunctive clearly demonstrated that the children- who were twins- were born in the Garden and were not expelled with Adam and Eve. The expulsion of Adam and Eve was not a simple command to leave the Garden but was a rather forceful and possibly a violent act. Neither of the two wished to leave the Garden of God. This is indicated by the use of the two verbs sent [שָׁלַח- shalah] and drove [גָרַשׁ- garash] in 3:23 and 24. The verb sent indicated that they were requested to leave and that they were, possibly, accompanied to the border of the Garden. The verb drove indicated that this was not a consensual leaving on the part of Adam and Eve, but they were compelled to go; this is made even more clear by the fact that the way back was guarded by cherubs wielding flaming swords. The narrative of the birth of Cain and Abel is an interruption in the sequence of the expulsion of Adam and Eve; it explained an event which occurred prior to Adam and Eve being expelled- the birth of the twins. This narrative is immediately interrupted by the last of the disjunctive Waw clauses- Genesis 4:4 "And Abel brought..." The new narrative began from the point of view of Cain and Abel who were adults and still living in the Garden after the expulsion of their parents. The disjunctive interrupted the narrative from the clause, "And in process of time it came to pass." The phrase "process of time" is miqets yamim in Hebrew and meant the end of an age. Sometimes, it was translated as "end of days." To what end of the age is being referenced is clear- the end of the age of innocence. At the conclusion of this narrative sequence, there would be none left who had not sinned against God. To know, for sure, that Cain was born in a natural state of perfection, it is simple to point out that the Erbsünde [inherited sin] could not have applied to Cain. This is made clear by the statement of God, "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it" (Genesis 4:7). The final clause is written in the imperfect in the Hebrew weAttah timshol-bo [yet you, you rule over it]. This is not permissive nor an offer of advice, but a statement of fact; at this point, Cain ruled over sin- it had no power over him just like it had no power over his parents. After this, God said this to no other person. A comparison of the two narratives- that of the expulsion of Adam and Eve and the expulsion of Cain- will explain to where they were all expelled. Adam and Eve were expelled, rather forcefully, to the East of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3;24). It was outside the Garden of Eden which came to be known as the Land of Nod [nod meaning wandering]. As opposed to his parents, Cain willingly left from the presence of God- which was in the Garden (Genesis 3:8). This is demonstrated by the lack of the two verbs sent and drove; rather it stated that Cain "went out." The direction of travel, as in the case of his parents, was to the East- to the Land of Wandering (Genesis 4:16). Cain left from Eden and went to the same land where his parents had been sent; this raises the question, "How long were Adam and Eve in the Land of Nod?" We already know that Adam was 130 years at the birth of Seth; before he was born, Adam had already given birth to many other children- including women. It is from the women born to Adam that Cain took his wife; this marriage and mixture led to the events of Genesis 6 and the deluge. It was Cain's lineage who invented weapons of war (Genesis 4:22), instruments of pleasure (Genesis 4:21), and were the first to take possessions (Genesis 4:20); his children followed his example as explained from the confession of Lamech- who had also killed many people. Adam's line- through Seth- were sorry for their sins and tried to amend their ways and walk with God; Cain's line, however, was unrepentant and spread violence and corruption over the face of the Earth. The Godly line was called the sons of God while the sinful line was called the sons of Adam [men]. The events of Genesis 4 and 5 led to the events of chapter 6. There have been volumes of wasted ink on this subject- most of which ignore the contextual backdrop to the chapter and invent fairy-tales of some sort of inbreeding between humans and angels. Most of the speculation surrounds verses 1-4 with a strong emphasis on verse 4 in particular. Gen 6:1 Now when humankind [haAdam- the man] began to multiply on the face of the ground and daughters were born to them, Gen 6:2 and the sons of God [benei haElohim] saw that the daughters of men were good and they took for themselves wives, any they chose. Gen 6:3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not quarrel* with humankind [baAdam- with the man] forever, since they are flesh. So their days will be 120 years.” Gen 6:4 The nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward when the sons of God came to the daughters of men and gave birth to them. Those were the mighty men of old, men of renown. Adam is the name that God called humanity- both female and male- in the day He created them. Gen 5:1 This is the Book of the Genealogies of Adam: When God created Adam, in the likeness of God He made him. Gen 5:2 Male and female He created them, and He blessed them and called their name “Adam” when He created them. The humans which followed God and sought to amend their ways were then, and thereafter, referred to as sons of God [benei haElohim]: Ye are the children of the LORD your God Deuteronomy 14:1 it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. Hosea 1:10 The idea behind the phrase benei haElohim [sons of God] is not one of absolute sinlessness, nor of being always on the side of right; the idea is and always has been one of contriteness and a readiness to do what is right in the face of bad decisions. After the birth of Seth, in the days of his son Enosh [mortal man], the line of Adam began to call upon the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26). In Genesis 5:22, it stated that Enoch [Hanokh- dedicated] walked with God. The verb used for "walk" is hithalek in Hebrew; this is both a reciprocal verb stem as well as a reflexive and meant that one did this for or to themselves as well as in conjunction with another. The idea is that Enoch sought to amend his ways, by walking in the path of God, and God blessed him for it. It is the same idea behind King David being called a "man after God's heart" even though he committed murder and adultery; after the crimes were committed, David was genuinely sorry and sought to reform his ways and make restitution for his bad decisions. Repentance [teshuvah] is the key: “Now when all these things come upon you—the blessing and the curse that I have set before you—and you take them to heart in all the nations where the Lord your God has banished you, and you return [weshavta] to the Lord your God and listen to His voice according to all that I am commanding you today—you and your children—with all your heart and with all your soul, then the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity and have compassion on you, and He will return and gather you from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. Even if your outcasts are at the ends of the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Deuteronomy 30:1-4 [see also Deuteronomy 4:24-31] “Do I delight at all in the death of the wicked?” It is a declaration of Adonai. “Rather, should he not return [beshuvo] from his ways, and live? Ezekiel 18:23 In contrast to the godly line of Adam, the line of Cain was not sorry and sought no reform; on the other hand, they continued in their murderous ways and developed the art of pleasure and war. This line was called the nephilim. Nefillim is a plural passive participle from the verb NaFaL- to fall; the passive participle is used, more often than not, as an adjective in Hebrew. The nephilim are those people who were in a fallen state. The choice of word used in this narrative echoed back to the fall of Cain himself: Cain became very angry, and his countenance fell [nafal]. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen [nafal]? Genesis 4:5-6 The idea behind the verb NaFaL- when applied to humans- can have several meanings; the most common meaning, when applied to humans, is that of death, or one fallen in battle. The nephilim in Genesis 6:4, however, were alive and not dead; the meaning in this case, then, is that of a person from one camp defecting to the people of another camp- they changed sides. Consider the following verse: Then the remnant of the people who were left in the city—the deserters [haNofelim] who had defected [noflu] to the Babylonian king and the rest of the populace—Nebuzaradan captain of the guard exiled them. 2 Kings 25:11 The nephilim in Genesis 6:4, then, were those who were formerly godly but fell to the wicked ways of the sons of Cain. This is easily proven when considering the verse: The nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, whenever the sons of God came to the daughters of men, and gave birth to them. Those were the mighty men of old, men of renown. The last clause of this verse, in Hebrew, is actually a bit different that what is commonly translated: הֵמָּה הַגִּבֹּרִים אֲשֶׁר מֵעוֹלָם אַנְשֵׁי הַשֵּׁם These were the gibborim which were from ancient times men of God. Gibborim, in Hebrew, represented men of war, or men of great valor; David's warriors were called gibborim- so too was Nimrod called a gibbor. The line of Cain was responsible for spreading violence in the Earth and the mixture of the godly line of Adam ensured that their wicked ways would dominate the world. These wicked men spread violence and war; in the end, God saw the world destroyed from these people: God saw the earth, and behold it was destroyed because all flesh had destroyed their way upon the earth. Genesis 6:12 Only Noah was a righteous man and always sought to walk with God; for this reason, God spared the life of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man. He was blameless among his generation. Noah continually walked with God. Genesis 6:9 For you only do I perceive as righteous before Me in this generation. Genesis 7:1 This narrative dealt with the consequences of the fall of humanity, the faith and righteous acts of the men of God, and their deliverance and reward for their faithfulness to God's law. It never had anything to do with fallen angels fathering hybrid children with humans and creating a race of giants or supermen. In fact, angels are not mentioned in this narrative nor were they the objects of divine wrath.
  4. Mary a Levite, then Jesus a Levite

    It may be a myth- I was not there to witness it. However, the tradition is an old one and is repeated in the Qur'an. The Qur'an hints that Jesus was a Levite, had no physical father and was born of a virgin. If we are to take the tradition that he was born from a virgin, he would have been Levite. However, if Josef was the father, the tradition just being a fairy tale, then he might have been a Jew.
  5. Mary a Levite, then Jesus a Levite

    There are five places in the LXX in which the term sungenes [συγγενης] is used; although in three of those places, the term can be applied in a general sense of kinsman, yet as a legal term of relation, it is used only twice in the LXX of the Torah, both in the same Book and as part of the same context of relation- Leviticus 18:14 and Leviticus 20:20. In both of these two passages, sungenes meant the wife of a paternal uncle [an aunt married to the brother of the father]. Mary's sungenes was Elizabeth who was a descendant of the Levites as well as from the priestly class and who was married to a Kohen [ Priest]- Zachariah (Luke 1:5). This meant, if we understand the legal text, that Zachariah was the paternal uncle of Mary [in other words, Mary's father was a Levite of the Kohen class from the line of Aaron] (Luke 1:36). According to the Torah [the two tablets of Stone given to Israel], the original mashi'ach [messiah] was the Kohen Gadol [High Priest]- not a king, prophet, or any other mundane usage of the term. 1) Mary, as explained above, was a Levite and was from the priestly tribe of Aaron- which was necessary for anyone to become a true Messiah according to the Torah. 2) The lineages were from the paternal lines only when a paternal line existed. Josef was not the paternal father of Jesus and could not grant him his yechus [the genealogical record]. Makes no difference how much people wish it to be so, Jesus was a result of a miraculous birth and had no physical father. 3) It was the yechus- or the lack thereof- which debarred the priest from serving as Priests in the days of Nehemia and Ezra when the Southern Israelites returned from exile (Ezra 2:62; Nehemia 7:64). 4) The idea behind the Melchizedek priesthood being without paternal record is absolutely relevant as Jesus could have no yechus- no father meant no paternal record. If one claiming the Jewish line through Josef as Jesus' yechus, this would make no sense- The Melchizedek priesthood was established without one. 5) Jesus claimed the Temple as his father's house; this meant he was from the tribe of Levi- specifically, the line of Aaron. We know this to be the case since it was the Tabernacle, the cities of refuge, etc which were the only inherited property for the Levites- the Tabernacle itself being the inherited property of the sons of Aaron. 6) The only true claim to Messiah that Jesus could have had would have been through the line of Aaron- a Priest. This was and is the only true messianic lineage of the Torah [the Tablets of Stone given to Moses]. The Messianic kingdoms of Saul ben Kish and David ben Jessi were established as a rebellious act against God (1 Samuel 8:7). 7) It was not until the 2 century ACE that the Rabbinic authorities changed the law of descent from paternal [as required by Torah] to maternal [from the Talmudic law written by the hands of the Rabbis].
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Torah-Jewish-Samaritan-versions-compared/dp/1904808182
  7. It is not a translation, but yes- there is a Samaritan version of the Torah.
  8. genesis

    Jinn, according to the Qur'an, are angels- just as is Shaytan [Iblis]. The jinn were created from a mixture of fire: وَخَلَقَ الْجَانَّ مِنْ مَارِجٍ مِنْ نَارٍ And He created the jinn from a mixture of fire 55:15 Mixture, in the above, is actually a participle, MaaRiJun; fire, which is a form of light, is not the pure photons, but a mixture of photons and the chemical exchange of matter. I quoted the Qur'an earlier to explain that the Jinn were called jinn because they had fallen and were thenceforth debarred from entering the heavens and that the Qur'an confirmed earlier Rabbinic and Christian concepts in regard angels, demons, and the fall of Shaytan. This is not found in the Hebrew Text; there is no mention of fallen angels or a disobedient Satan.
  9. The Text itself is not corrupted; when originally penned, there were no written vowels. The vowels were introduced into the Text by the Masoretes around the 5-10th centuries ACE. By that time, there was lots of animosity toward the Arabs. The verse read so: והוא יהיה פרא אדם ידו בכל ויד כל בו ועל־פני כל־אחיו ישׁכן The Masoretes pointed the Text as: וְה֤וּא יִהְיֶה֙ פֶּ֣רֶא אָדָ֔ם יָדֹ֣ו בַכֹּ֔ל וְיַ֥ד כֹּ֖ל בֹּ֑ו וְעַל־פְּנֵ֥י כָל־אֶחָ֖יו יִשְׁכֹּֽן׃ However, the Samaritan Text had it vocalized differently. In the Samaritan Text of Torah, it said of Ishmael, והוא יהיה פרה אדם ידו בכל ויד כל בו ועל־פני כל־אחיו ישׁכן "he shall be a fruitful [פֹּרֶה- PoReH] man, his hand would be with all and the hand of everyone would be with him; and he shall dwell in the presence of his brethren."
  10. genesis

    Not entirely. Nowhere in the Hebrew Text is Satan said to be disobedient, nor fallen from the service of YHWH. God tests the believers- Abraham was tested with the offering of his son; the Israelites are tested by YHWH with false prophets, etc. Satan, Iblis, was an Angel- otherwise, he could not have disobeyed Allah when ordered to prostrate to Adam as the Qur'an made it clear tha the command was given to the Angels. The word jinn came from the verb J-N-N which meant to cover, conceal. In the Qur'an it is used as a verb in the narrative of Abraham [فلما جنّ عليه اليل] falamma janna alaihi -llail so when the night covered him (6:77). The angelic order which followed Satan in his rebellion were called Jinn because they were debarred from entering the heavens again: for instance, وَأَنَّا لَمَسْنَا السَّمَاءَ فَوَجَدْنَاهَا مُلِئَتْ حَرَسًا شَدِيدًا وَشُهُبًا And that we sought to reach heaven, but we found it filled with strong guards and flaming stars 72:8 يَا مَعْشَرَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنْسِ إِنِ اسْتَطَعْتُمْ أَنْ تَنْفُذُوا مِنْ أَقْطَارِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ فَانْفُذُوا ۚ لَا تَنْفُذُونَ إِلَّا بِسُلْطَانٍ O assembly of the jinn and the men! If you are able to pass through the regions of the heavens and the earth, then pass through; you cannot pass through but with authority. 55:33 Hence, the heavens were closed to them and guards were set upon it to debar them from entering it again.
  11. genesis

    I am not doubting the validity of angelic beings- simply because we only see in the "visible" range of light, does not mean that which reflects light which exists past violet or red does not exist. God is in control- both of good and bad. According to the Hebrew Text, evil angels come from God himself. This is similar to Al-Qadr, khairuhu wa sharruhu min Allah [the Decree, its good and evil, is from Allah]. Satan was first used as a title of duty to the Mal'akh YHWH [angel of YHWH]. This duty was to oppose/resist the evil inclinations of humanity; this was why the mal'akh YHWH was set in the path of Balaam- as Satan for him [lesatan lo]. Many translate this as an infinitive, but that is absolutely wrong. Satan, in the Hebrew text, is a faithful servant of God; his job is to prove/test humanity; in fact, there are no angels with free will to disobey God in the Hebrew Scriptures- that concept came later when Jews were introduced to the teachings of Zoroaster- the dualistic battle between Ahura Mazd and Angra Mainu.
  12. genesis

    The nefilim were the result of the sons of God going into the sons of men; there is never any condemnation in the Hebrew text against any angelic being for this act- only against humans and all that they corrupted.
  13. The Name Muhammad in Early Hebrew Pictograph

    I wrote the name out for you in Ugaritic and Akkadian Cuneiform. The oldest of the Semitic languages is Akkadian.
  14. The Name Muhammad in Early Hebrew Pictograph

    We should not forget that the Egyptian signs were much like Semitic signs in nature- the names of the letters represented only the first sound of the word. Alef is the name of the first letter in the Semitic abjad's, but the L and F do not make up the sound- only the A does. The same thing occurred in Egyptian, the name of "wave" is NWYT, and the name of a serpent is NZRT, but only the initial N is what is represented by the sign.