Readers of The Town and the Mayor will notice that the word “And” appears as part of the title of every chapter in the book, including in the title of the book itself.
While this is not directly a symbol of anything, it is a direct reference to something quite central. Central, that is, to people who believe in the significance of a man named Yeshuah, the Messiah figure in the Bible who has popularly come to be known as Jesus.
Let me explain…
In the ancient Hebrew language, the very first sentence of the Bible – Genesis 1:1 – is seven words long. A sentence that uses 10 words in the English language (“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth”) is seven words long in the language believed by many (me included) to have been created by God Himself. Each of those seven words is quite meaningful in the grand scheme. Why? Because so much meaning can be lifted from every single letter of every word in this sentence.
One of the amazing things about this incredible Hebrew language (and frankly, strong evidence that the Hebrew language was indeed created by Someone with a far superior mind than even any of our supercomputers) is that each of the letters is not only a letter; they also have an individual numeric value. But that’s not all; each of the letters of the Hebrew language also represent a visual symbol; a small picture, if you will.
For example: the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet is referred to as “Aleph” (sounds almost like the word “olive”, with the “-eph” ending sounding almost like the word “if”.
Essentially, Aleph equates to our letter “A”.
So, where in English we call our language’s first letter “A”, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called “Aleph.” In English, that’s all there is to that. In Hebrews, however, there is much more. The numeric value of Aleph is the number 1. And then there is the pictographic meaning; what the form of the letter itself was created to represent, or look like. The pictographic meaning of Aleph is an ox, strength or leader. Further study reveals that the conceptual meaning of ox is “sacrifice.”
Okay, so that’s one example of one letter; the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Aleph.
Let’s look at one more example. The last letter of the Hebrew alphabet is called: Tav.
With that as our foundation, we will rejoin the topic and conclude this explanation in Part 2 of The Use of the Word “And” In Every Chapter Title.