The alphabet came first

Tradition tells us that words, not light, came first out of the primordial darkness. According to a Talmudic legend, when God sat down to create the world, the twenty two letters of the alphabet descended from his terrible and august crown and begged him to effect his creation
through them. God consented. He allowed the alphabet to give birth to the heavens and the earth in darkness, and then to bring forth the first ray of light from the earth’s core, so that it might pierce the Holy Land and illuminate the entire universe.”‘

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel