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Zajin (זין) is the seventh letter in the Hebrew alphabet . There is also the spelling Zayin , which is more common in the Anglo-Saxon area, Sajin or Zayn . The letter has the numerical value 7. Zajin is spoken in today's Iwrit as a voiced S (as in "sun"). The Greek letter Zeta and thus also the Latin Z is derived from this letter.

The word Zajin means "sword", which was the original meaning of this sign in the picture script. The shape of the letter still suggests a sword.


  • זבוב (zwuw): fly
  • זין (zajin): sword
  • זיכרון (zikaron): memory, memory, memory

Character encoding

Unicode codepoint U + 05d6
HTML & # 1494;
ISO 8859-8 0xe6

Special features, reference

The word zajin is also a "vulgar form" for penis .

Web links

Commons : Zajin  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Gerhard Welzel: Programmed Grammar of Hebrew (= UTB . 1096). Quelle & Meyer, Heidelberg 1981, ISBN 3-494-02127-9 , p. 1, (At the same time: Mainz, University, Catholic theological dissertation, 1983).
  2. Enst Jenni: Textbook of the Hebrew Language of the Old Testament. 2nd, revised edition. Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Basel et al. 1981, ISBN 3-7190-0789-8 , p. 18.
  3. ^ Heinz-Dieter Neef : Workbook Hebrew. Materials, examples and exercises on Biblical Hebrew (= UTB. 2429). 5th, revised and improved edition. Mohr Siebeck et al., Tübingen 2012, ISBN 978-3-8252-3837-7 , p. 7.
  4. ^ Wilhelm Gesenius : Hebrew and Aramaic concise dictionary on the Old Testament. Delivery 2: י - ד. Started by Rudolf Meyer . Edited and edited by Herbert Donner with the responsible collaboration of Udo Rüterswörden . 18th edition . Springer, Berlin et al. 1995, ISBN 3-540-58048-4 , p. 291.
  5. Martin Krause: Hebrew. Biblical Hebrew teaching grammar. Edited by Michael Pietsch and Martin Rösel . de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2008, ISBN 978-3-11-019028-1 , p. 5.
  6. Jutta Körner: Hebrew grammar study. 2nd, revised edition. Verlag Enzyklopädie, Leipzig 1986, p. 21.
  7. ^ Wolfgang Schneider: Grammar of Biblical Hebrew. A textbook. Claudius, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-532-71151-6 , p. 4.
  8. Alexander B. Ernst: Brief grammar of Biblical Hebrew. Neukirchener Verlag, Neukirchen-Vluyn 2008, ISBN 978-3-7887-2321-7 , p. 16.