The meanings, origins and ancient traditions surrounding Christian symbols date back to early times when the majority of ordinary people were not able to read or write and printing was unknown. Many were 'borrowed' or drawn from early pre-Christian traditions.
The Definition and Meaning of the Alpha and Omega as a Christian Symbol
Catholic Christian symbolism in art provides a clear graphic illustration which represents people or items of religious significance. What is the definition and the meaning of the Alpha and Omega Christian Symbol? The Alpha and Omega represents the following:
Alpha - The Latin word alpha or the Greek word 'a`lfa and from Hebrew , the name of the first letter in the alphabet, also meaning ox. The first letter in the Greek alphabet, answering to A, and hence used to denote the beginning.
Omega - (Rev. 1:8), the last (24th) letter in the Greek alphabet. The ending of a series or sequence; "the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end"--Revelation
Meaning - Alpha and Omega refer to the eternal nature of Christ.
Reference to the Alpha and Omega in the Bible
The definition and meaning in the Bible.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the
first and the last.
Rev. xxii. 13.