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Title: Alpha and Omega
Submitted by: research-bpr@philologos.org
Date: May 30, 1998
URL: //philologos.org/bpr/files/a002.htm

Alpha and Omega

"I the LORD, the first, and with the last, I am he"--Isaiah 41:4

"Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God"--Isaiah 44:6

"Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last"--Isaiah 48:12

Alpha is used by the Jews for the chief of persons or things; 'Macmas and Mezonicha [names of places] are "Alpha for fine flour"'; that is, the best fine flour is there, they are the chief places for it...these letters...being the  first and the last in the alphabet, may stand for the whole; and it seems to  be a proverbial expression taken from the Jews, who use the phrase, from Aleph to Tau, for the whole of any thing... [Jesus] stands in the first verse  of Genesis, and in the last of the Revelation.

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