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Resh

By Jeff A. Benner


Early
Hebrew
Middle
Hebrew
Late
Hebrew
Modern
Hebrew


Ancient Name: Resh, Rosh?
Pictograph: Head of a man
Meanings: Head, first, top, beginning
Sound: R


History & Reconstruction

The Ancient picture for this letter is , the head of a man. This letter has the meanings of "head" and "man" as well as "chief," "top," "beginning" and "first," each of which are the "head" of something.

The Modern Hebrew name for this letter is resh, a Hebrew word meaning "head." Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek agree that the sound for this letter is an "r."

The early pictograph evolved into in the Middle Semitic script and became in the Late Semitic Script. From the Late Semitic script is derived the Modern Hebrew ר. The Middle Semitic script is also the origin of the Greek letter Ρ and the Latin R.


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