Hebrew Letter Pictures

This list below has the letter pictures for the Hebrew alef-bet.  These pictures are derived from the ancient Hebrew letter drawings using Hebrew Word Pictures, by Frank Seekins.  First is the Hebrew letter, followed by what its ancient picture resembled along with the meaning of that picture.  Where there are two letters, one is called the ‘soffit’ or ending letter for when that letter is found at the end of a word.

 

א alef (an Ox)

means ‘first’ or ‘strength’

 

 

ב bet (a House)

is the Hebrew word for ‘house’ (bayit)

means ‘house’ or ‘family’ (in, into)

 

 

ג gimel (a Camel)

and is the Hebrew word for ‘camel’

means ‘lift up’ or ‘raise up’ and ‘pride’

 

 

ד dalet (a Door)

is the Hebrew word for ‘door’

means ‘door’ or ‘pathway’

 

 

 

ה hey (a Window)

means ‘behold’ or ‘reveal’

 

 

 

ו vav (a Nail)

means ‘to bind’ or ‘binding’ (and)

 

 

 

ז zayin (a Weapon)

means ‘to divide’ or ‘cut in two’

 

 

 

ח chet (a Fence)

means ‘inner room’ (heart) or ‘protect’

 

 

 

ט tet (a Snake)

means ‘twist’

 

 

 

י yod (a Closed Hand)

means ‘finished work’

 

 

 

 

כ ך kaf (an Open Hand)

means ‘to open’ or ‘to cover’

 

 

 

ל lamed (a Cattle Goad or Staff)

means ‘leader’ or ‘shepherd’ or ‘prod forward’

 

 

 

מ ם mem (Water)

means ‘mighty’ or ‘chaos’

 

 

 

נ ן noon (a Fish)

means ‘life’ or ‘living’

 

 

 

 

ס samech (a Prop)

means ‘support’ or ‘prop up’

 

 

 

ע ayin (an Eye)

is the Hebrew word for ‘eye’

means ‘see’ or ‘understand’

 

 

 

פ ף peh (a Mouth)

is the Hebrew word for ‘mouth’

means ‘source’ or ‘speak’

 

 

 

צ ץ tzadik (a Fishhook)

means ‘to desire’ or ‘draw toward’

 

 

 

 ק koof (the Back of the Head)

means ‘what is behind’ or ‘what is finished’

 

 

 

ר resh (Head)

is the Hebrew word for ‘head’ (rosh)

means ‘authority’ or ‘leader’ or ‘head of’

 

 

ש shin (a Tooth)

means ‘to destroy’ or ‘to consume’

 

 

 

ת tav (Two Crossed Sticks)

means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant’

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