Primary Conventional Usage
The Hebrew word for Father is AB (or AV). Contrary to popular belief, the word ABBA does not show up anywhere in the Hebrew Old Testament, but the word AB is used to describe Father. There is some controversy surrounding the word "Abba" and its origins. Many believe this was an Aramaic way to express a familiar title equivilent to "daddy," however, some evidence suggests otherwise. The thought of Abba being an Aramaic way of saying "Daddy" was the suggestion of a 20th century scholar, Jeremias, and was intended to be only this–a suggestion. The New Testament term ABBA (αββα in the Greek New Testament–always connected with "the Father") was thought to be "partnered" with the term "pater" (father) to help the Greeks understand that Abba meant father, but it seems strangly out of place–especially in light of the fact that in the English, Abba is transliterated, while pater is translated.
Regardless of the etymological evidence, modern Hebrew today uses the word Abba as an intimate reference to father (daddy or papa), so it is also possible that oral tradition has carried this down from native Hebrew speakers throughout the generations.
Let's look at the Ancient Hebrew as it relates to Ab. In the Conventional Hebrew, father is a word we all understand. If someone is the father, he has children. A father is the head of a family.
We think of God as the father of His people. It is a word that presupposes relationships that connect one person who is the head or chief person to other people by natural birth; adoption of national kinship.
First use of Hebrew Word AB (Father) in Scriptures
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24
Pictorial Meaning of AB (Father)
Aleph – OX
Strong Leader – First – God the Father
Beyt – Tent / House
House – Tent – Son – Family – Son of God
Pictorial Translation of AB(Father)
God the Father
Son of God
Aleph is the first letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet and the literal picture is that of an OX. The meaning would have been clear to the ancient Hebrew; as the Ox was the symbol of both strength and leadership. The Ox leads the cows and calves in its herd to safe pastures and protects them from predators.
Beyt is the second letter in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. The picture is literally of a house or tent.
Put the two letters together and you have the Strong Leader and Protector of the House or Household.
Numeric Meaning of AB (Father)
Diety – Unity – Sufficiency – Independence -The First Indivisible – God the Father
Difference – Good or Evil – Division – Living Word – Second – To Come Alongside for Help – God the Son
Numeric Translation of AB (Father)
Theological and Prophetic
The First Indivisible
God the Father
Good or Evil
To Come Alongside for Help
God the Son
Important Revelation Regarding AB
Because in Hebrew the Letters are also numbers the first question we should ask is what number is AB or Aleph Beyt?
If Aleph is 1 and Beyt is 2, are we looking at the number 12? The answer is NO.
The Hebrew method of numbers would add the value of the numbers together. So in Hebrew the Number 1 (Aleph) and the Number 2 (Beyt) is the sum of both numbers. 1+2=3
Ab as a number is the NUMBER THREE!
The house of the Father has a third resident which makes the household complete and perfect. And who is that person?
1 – God The Father
2 – God the Son
3 – God the Holy Spirit
The primary picture of Gimel the letter (also the number 3) is to Lift UP or Benefit – What a picture of the Holy Spirit!
Final Summary Numeric Translation of Abba (Father)
Conventional – Father
Pictorial – Strong leader of the House
Numeric – Father; Son and Holy Spirit