This name derives from the Phoenician and west Semitic word “ʾĀlep > Aleph”, meaning “ox, excellent, most important”. The shape of the letter derives from a Proto-Sinaitic glyph based on a hieroglyph. The Phoenician letter gave rise to the Greek “Álpha (Άλφα)“. In the bible, God is described as the Alpha and Omega. The Phoenician word “ʾĀlep” corresponds to the Syriac “'Ālaph”, Hebrew “Aleph” and Arabic “Alif”.