Aleph, the Name and the Twenty-six generations of Adam

If we examine the letter aleph א  carefully we see it is actually a composite of three letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Where the letter yod י is on the upper right side and lower left side, and which are both linked by the letter vav ו across the centre. (See photo of aleph). The letter vav means hook (See hyperlink Table 1). The yod has a value of 10 and is related to the number ‘1’ at the next decane level and therefore symbolises the conscious form of God.

Hence the pictogram of the letter aleph, apart from representing the ancient bull of the Age of Taurus, represents God (yod) in Heaven and God (yod) on Earth drawn together by a hook, or two forces that are held together by the hook. Ultimately the letter aleph represents the world in a state of harmony and the interdependence and co-joining of the two opposites, heaven and earth through the vav, the hook.

So, although the aleph has the value of singularity, there is already incorporated in the form of the letter the state of duality (for the world cannot exist without duality). This duality is the key to the process of creation as described in the first chapter of Genesis (See hyperlink The first story of creation).

The numerical value of the aleph comprising yod-vav-yod is therefore 10+6+10 = 26. Twenty-six is value of the tetragrammaton, the forbidden name of God, that should not be pronounced by the human tongue, YHVH, יהוה spelt: yod (10) + heh (5) + vav (6)+ heh (5) =26.

It should be noted that 26 is 2 x 13, and where 13, as indicated above, is the numerical value the word achad meaning ‘1’ representing God, singularity and unity of the universe. Hence once again we see God, as unity and the power and singular force of the universe, is divided into two powers that could be simplistically described as God in Heaven and God on Earth, but more specifically denotes the dualistic nature of the universe after the act of creation. Before the act of creation the Earth was without form, and void (Genesis I:2) –i.e. it was in a state of singularity - but at the time of creation singularity ceased to exist and was replaced by a dualistic world. It is for this reason the first letter of the Bible begins with a letter beth ב with a value of 2 and not with the letter aleph as one might expect with the opening phrase ‘In the beginning’ (See hyperlink Beth the act of creation).

Further significance of the letter aleph and the Name YHVH יהוה as represented by the number 26 is not only in the formative stages of the creation of the universe but also man’s place on this earth. This can be found in generations of Adam. In accord with Genesis there were twenty-six generations of Adam between the Act of Creation (the time of Adam) and the time of the Exodus (the generation of Moses) (See Table 2).


Table 2: Generations from Adam to Moses related to YHVH יהוה  

Y  י = 10

H ה = 5

V ו =6

H ה =5

1. Adam

1. Shem

1. Rehoe

1. Jacob

2. Seth

2. Arphachshad

2. Serug

2. Levi

3. Enos

3. Shelah

3. Nahor

3. Kehath

4. Cainan

4. Eber

4. Terah

4. Amram

5. Mahalale’el

5. Peleg

5. Abraham

5. Aaron and Moses

6. Jared


6. Isaac


7. Enoch




8. Methusalah




9. Lamech




10. Noah




The Flood

The Earth was divided (Genesis 10:25)



Moreover the generations are grouped in accord with the Name of God YHVH yod-heh-vav-heh 10-5-6-5: The first 10 generations of Adam ends with Noach at the 10th generation and the Flood and is correspondent to the first yod in YHVH. The second set of generations begins with Shem and continues to Peleg at the 5th generation and where the name Peleg in Hebrew actually means ‘a break’ or ‘split’ and as it says in the text: And to Eber were born two sons; the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan (Genesis 10:25). The five generations after Shem correspond to the letter heh in YHVH. The next set of generations begin with Rehoe and ends with Isaac at the 6th generation corresponding to the letter vav in YHVH. Isaac is a special figure because he was first Jew to be born of pure seed since he was born after the circumcision of Abraham and with the change of names of Abram and Sarai (see hyperlink The circumcision). The final set of generations begin with Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes of Israel, and begins with realisation of the first commandment of the Bible to be fruitful and multiply (See hyperlink be fruitful and multiply) and the era in which the Children of Israel go down into Egypt and ends with Aaron and Moses and under Moses leadership he brings about the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land. This set has 5 generations corresponding with the value of the last letter of YHVH, the heh.






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