Hebrew alphabet

This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: Hebrew alphabet.

Image of the Hebrew alphabet

The Hebrew alphabet (alefbet ʿIvri ), known variously by scholars as the Jewish script, square script, block script, or more historically, the Assyrian alphabet, is used in the writing of the Hebrew language, as well as other Jewish languages, most notably Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Arabic. There have been two script forms in use. The original old Hebrew script is known as the paleo-Hebrew script (which has been largely preserved, in an altered form, in the Samaritan script), while the present "square" form of the Hebrew alphabet is a stylized form of the Assyrian script. Various "styles" (in current terms, "fonts") of representation of the letters exist. There is also a cursive Hebrew script, which has also varied over time and place.

The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters, of which five have different forms when used at the end of a word. Hebrew is written from right to left. Originally, the alphabet was an abjad consisting only of consonants. Like other abjads, such as the Arabic alphabet, means were later devised to indicate vowels by separate vowel points, known in Hebrew as niqqud. In rabbinic Hebrew, the letters א ה ו י are also used as matres lectionis to represent vowels. When used to write Yiddish, the writing system is a true alphabet (except for borrowed Hebrew words). In modern usage of the alphabet, as in the case of Yiddish (except that ע replaces ה) and to some extent modern Israeli Hebrew, vowels may be indicated. Today, the trend is toward full spelling with these letters acting as true vowels.

Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has no crossing lines.

Category: Language Symbols.

Hebrew alphabet is part of the Alphabets group.

More symbols in Alphabets:

An alphabet is a standard set of letters (basic written symbols or graphemes) which is used to write one or more languages based on the general principle that the letters represent phonemes (basic si… read more »

More symbols in Language Symbols:

Have a discussion about Hebrew alphabet with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this symbol to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Hebrew alphabet." Symbols.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 23 Sep. 2014. <http://www.symbols.com/symbol/236>.

We need you!

Are we missing an important symbol in this category?


The Web's Largest Resource for

Symbols, Signs & Flags


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network