I'm reading in the Zohar on Shir Hashirim 64 that there are thirty-two sets of the alphabet advanced until Israel stood at Mount Sinai. Basically, all the first and final letters of the names of main people for the generations were paired: אדם (Adam), Adam , begun with א (alef), concluded with מ (mem). Afterward, once the alphabet was completed with שת (Shet), Seth (Genesis 5:3), the letters returned. אנוש (Enosh), Enosh (Genesis 5:6)—א (alef) as before. נ (Nun), which succeeds מ (mem), abandoned after Adam . ש (Shin)—beginning of the letters of שת (shin tav), taking letters from this one and that one.

I found this footnote in the Pritzker edition but there's no citation or quote or reference or anything:

From the birth of Enosh’s son Kenan (Genesis 5:9) through the birth of the patriarch Israel’s twelve sons, a perfect path of linguistic progression ensued. Cordovero writes that in the generations between Kenan and Terah (Abraham’s father), one can find thirty-two pairings of letters representing progression and regression through the alphabet, the process culminating at Mount Sinai when all letters have been represented.

Does anyone have this list?


You must log in to answer this question.