Noel Enete
New Testament Greek
Alphabet Section 1

This first group of letters follows the order of the first letters in the English alphabet:
  1. alpha (like a)
  2. beta (like b)
  3. gamma (doesn't fit the pattern but it is like g)
  4. delta (like d)
  5. epsilon (like e)
The letter by which each Greek letter can be represented in English is called its "transliteration." Each of the following Greek letters are accompanied by their pronunciation and transliteration.

Alpha pronunciation

This is the letter a in Greek. Jesus said that He was the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and omega is the last.
  • Pronounciation: like the a in father
  • Transliteration: a

Figure 1: Alpha

Beta pronunciation

This is like the letter b in Greek. It is pronounced like b and the capital beta even looks like the English B.
  • Pronounciation: like the b in baboon
  • Transliteration: b

Figure 2: Beta

Gamma pronunciation

This is basically the letter g in Greek. It usually has the sound of a hard g like golf. But when it appears with another gamma, the two gammas are pronounced together like the ng in bang. In this latter case, the two gammas are transliterated by n and g. The Greek word for angel, angellos, begins with the letters alpha, gamma, and gamma. The corresponding transliteration begins with letters a, n, and g.
  • Pronounciation: like the g in golf (two gammas are pronounced together like the ng in bang)
  • Transliteration: g (two gammas are transliterated together as ng)

Figure 3: Gamma

Delta pronunciation

This is the Greek letter for d. It is pronounced like the d in delta. Take note of the shape of the capital delta. This is a common symbol in mathematics to represent the difference between two numbers.
  • Pronounciation: like the d in dawn
  • Transliteration: d

Figure 4: Delta

Epsilon pronunciation

This is the vowel that corresponds in many ways to the English letter e. It is pronounced like the e in get (a short e sound).
  • Pronounciation: like the e in get
  • Transliteration: e

Figure 5: Epsilon

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