Why does Greek have names for their letters such as alpha, beta, lamda?

The names of the Hebrew/Phoenician alphabet were given by the ingenious Canaanite slave(s) who first invented them some time in the 1800s BCE, possibly in Wadi El-Hol in Egypt:

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Detail of an inscription on a rock face in Wadi El-Hol, Egypt (near the Valley of the Kings)

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