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Dictionaries :: Ayin

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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Ayin:

a'-yen: ‘ayin, "eye" or "fountain": The 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, so named, probably, because the original form resembled the eye. ‘Ayin (‘) is usually neglected in pronunciation, and inverted comma (‘) is the sign most commonly employed to represent it in transliteration.

The same sound is found in the Arabic and other Semitic languages. The Arabs have two pronunciations, one a very strong guttural formed at the back of the palate, something like a rattled "r" or "rg," the other similar in quality, only less harsh and guttural. The Septuagint reproduced the ‘ayin (‘) in some cases by the Greek letter gamma (g). The numerical value of this letter is 70. An ‘ayin (‘) begins each verse of the 16th section of Ps 119 in the Hebrew.

Written by W. W. Davies

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