Strong numbers of Hebrew letter names
I am back again on this subject. I already posted about it and got some precious info. Thanks. So I am back for more.
I am making some Hebrew letter flashcards for my children. My husband who draws well has drawn around the thick black letter the picture of what the letter was supposed to look like originally. He has sort of drawn around it, using the letter and the prolonging it enough that the letter looks like just a part of the original more complex picture.The idea was that the children could learn the Hebrew word at the same time as the letter.
For example, I drew a big black aleph. And used the top of the letter for the horns of the bull and turned the bottom of the letter into a head by closing the bottom with a lighter pencil (so you can still distinguish what the letter really looks like, but also use what it added to help your imagination to see that the word Aleph means bull.) and in the close bottom part of the letter he added eyes and a nose and then he drew the rest of the bull's body on the rest of the flashcard, so that you see a bull on the flashcard and also the letter as his head. All this in the hopes that by the time my children had learnt the letters, they would also have 22 words of Hebrew vocabulary learnt.
So far, so good. The problem came when I wanted to find the strong number for each of these words they were learning. Many didn't seem to exist.
So through a lot of research this is what I have discovered: -the word meaning of the letters are word meaning which were ancient Hebrew words NOT modern Hebrew (of course because the letters were invented a long time ago) -however the names I am teaching them are the names of the Hebrew letters today in modern Hebrew which is probably why I can't find them in the Strong's concoordance. It's the old names of the letters which correspond to the meaning of the picture and some of these old names are slightly different from the new names though similar.
As well as these difficulties, I have discovered that many of these letters have meaning which are fairly unsure, so to be absolute about the origin is impossible.
For this reason, I have now decided to take each of the letter names which I did not find in the Strongs and try to find a coresponding Strong number, WITHOUT trying to be absolutely exact historically when it is impossible, simply so that my children can learn a word while learning the letter, even if it is not certain it was the original word. To reach this goal, I will take either the Old Hebrew name or the New Hebrew name of the letter, or a cross between the two (they are quite similar to each other anyway), I won't be picky about the voyelle so long as we can call the letter something that means something in Ancient Hebrew so I can give it a strong number.
I wanted to see if anyone who master Hebrew better than me had any ideas in this direction. If so I will be thankful because it will permit me to finish my flashcards.
This is the list of letters that I need help with because I didn't find any Strong number for them myself. I will put the Ancien Hebrew name as well in brackets:
-Hey (Hey) -Zayin (Zan) -Cheth (Hhet) -Tet (Tet) -Lamed (Lam) -Nun (Nun) -Samech (Sin) -Tsade (Tsad) -Quph (Quph ) -Tav (Taw)
A big thank you, and lots of if someone can help and I can send the complete list if anyone is interested once it is finished..
If it is for educational purposes, why do'nt you simply take words which start with that letter in this way? Like תָּו is for תַּפּוּחַ, and then drawing an apple. The pictographic orign of the alphabet is not streightforward and the Hebrew designations of the letters are not all speaking names.
Thank you, that is a good idea. I would still like to try my idea but if I don't manege, this might be a good alternative.
im from israel and i speak fluent hebrew, but what do you mean by "strong number"? also, aleph does not mean bull at all. where did u get that from?
Thank you Zohar, I am speaking from an ancien hebrew perspective, I have been told that the letter names have lost their meaning in modern hebrew. Strong numbers are the number in an exhaustive list of all the words in the Bible and it helps identify which word you are talking about and helps looking it up