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  1. Thanks Andrew! I’d like to have scholarly critique as well. I’m sure I goofed up along the way. I welcome any and all correction/addition to the subject.

  2. Someone pointed out a masonic dictionary which has some interesting explanations for the tav as well:
    http://www.masonicdictionary.com/tau.html

    This is a gem – “…for they say that when Moses anointed Aaron as the High Priest, he marked his forehead with this sign.”

    I may also have connections with the Egyptian ankh, which we’ve studied before here – “Among the Egyptians, the tau, with an oval ring or handle, became the Crux Ansata, and was used by them as the constant symbol of life. Doctor Clarke says (Travels v, page 311) that the tau cross was a monogram of Thoth, “the symbolical or mystical name of Hidden Wisdom among the ancient Egyptians.”

  3. Dan Lounsbury

    This directly correlates to Revelations 14:1 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”

    Also, Jesus Name– Christ’s name means “annointed one.” So if we are to take upon us the name of Christ it literally means to take upon us an annointing.

    Also Abraham Chapter One (I think) talks about the Priesthood (certainly an annointing) is a way Abraham described he took upon himself the name of the Lord.

  4. Amanda

    Is the author of this post certain of the accuracy of how this letter was written in paleo-Hebrew? I ask because I recently read from a Jewish source that the letter was actually written in the exact opposite position as the tav shown above. For instance, if you turned the page and saw the letter through the paper from the other side, according to this other source this is how the letter would appear when written from right to left.

  5. Bryce-

    A few portions of this article were used as supplementary material to my Gospel Doctrine class. To say the least, it was an enlightening experience. Next to Jacob’s wrestle with Yahweh in Genesis 32, I believe the parallels introduced in this outline study of Job are extremely significant in identifying temple-related patterns in the Old Testament text.

    As an interesting side note, the Paleo-Hebrew letter “tav” which you have identified above is remarkably similar to the Egyptian “ka” sign (i.e. man with upraised hands) which has significant connections to the above-mentioned “Psalmist pattern of prayer.” There is a relationship between ancient Egyptian and Hebrew. The ka is also featured on Fascimile 2 in the Book of Abraham at multiple locations.

  6. I posted this to facebook, with the comment that there is a great deal we can learn from the study of Hebrew; starting with the recognition of the symbolic meaning of each letter. Joseph invited the rabbim of his day to reason with the brethren in their school of prophets; we should do the same in our quorums…starting with Spanish, which I offer to my local members, using the Hebrew letter sounds as a bridge to understanding the SOUNDS of the inspired word – God-breathed into each letter.

  7. brent

    Revelations 14:1 (as mentioned above) and your post give a new meaning to the initiatory ordinances. I remember reading somewhere else (I’ll have to search for it) that the Tav may also have also been written simply as a straight line and was probably the mark that Moses had put on the door posts during the passover. That woud make the initatory temple ordinances (and, subsequently, the promises to those that wear the garments) even more significant (although they are, for now, only prepratory or symbolically done)….Leading me to comment that I really like your other post on the “Culminating Sealing Ordinance of the Temple.”

  8. Helen Wood

    I have nothing scholarly to add. I just love Job and feel so close to him and his trials. When I first read of his talk with God I was moved. His plaintive search for answers and justice is powerful, but what gets me every time is that he had ” heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee, wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes”. I absolutely loved it that his faith gave him access to God. Or should I say his faith and his goodness. There are many instances where people have seen God (in His Spirit form) before He came to live as a ‘mortal’. I keep a record of each one I find. Thank you.

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