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:

    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.

  9. Claude Smith

    A word if you may on the Hebrew language: We take the name of God in Genesis 1:26-27 as the second most sacred name of God which is right to left; yod; beth; vav; beth now yod is translated two ways as man, sacred semen or as the hand of God and beth is female womb vav nail in a sure place and beth female or womb. Now the famous tetragramaton or most sacred name of God as right to left yod; he; vav; he, again yod man or sacred semen; he is female, womb, vav is the covenant which cannot be broken or nail in a sure place again he female or womb. Now the second most sacred name of the lower God reads “God is a man sealed to a woman with a covenant which cannot be broken, sealed to a woman with a covenant which cannot be broken. The most sacred name of the higher God reads “God is a man sealed to a woman with a covenant which cannot be broken sealed to a woman with a covenant which cannot be broken. What makes the difference between the two Gods? Look at the letter he and in the upper left hand corner you see an opening which signifies this woman has her eyes opened letting in further light and knowledge into the relationship and this is the letter added to Sarai to make Sarah, and Abram to make Abraham when Hagar was added as a wife. One last word on yod being the hand of God. Look at all the Hebrew letters and we see that all the letters are made of one or more yods, horizontal vertical, diagonal so do we not see that the hand of God is in all things? Now you know!

  10. Claude Smith

    Let us look at the Salt Lake Temple on the outside and at the top we see the Saturn stones representing Father, then the sun stones representing our Savior, then the Moon stones representing the church and the phases of the Moon representing the Apostacy and restoration of the church one eternal round, then the 50 earth stones representing the council of 50. This was the government the LDS people were offered but alas, as Wilford Woodruff wrote to Lot Smith in a letter contained at the University of Arizona Library “we are now voting on whether or not to give up the Kingdom of God for statehood.” Now look at the corner towers and we see the windows as narrow with a star above each window pointing up signifying straight and narrow is the way and few there be that find it. Now the windows between the corner towers are wide with a star above each window signifying broad is the gate and crooked the way and many go in there. We see the Big dipper which represents the seven men (Native Americans see eight stars) who came and created the earth or the for leg of the ox pointing the true way to Christ. Other symbolism is there also. (See Moses when Israel rejected the leadership of God and also when Israel went to Samuel and wanted a King and apply what the Lord told Samuel to tell Israel and apply it to our day and people.

  11. Claude Smith

    One correction on earlier post on the stars above the wide windows as they are pointing down and we know what this two directions signify

  12. Jim Marksman

    Amazing Article! I recently watched a video on youtube called “Symbolisms Of The Cross In The Old Testament” that sheds a lot of light on the mark of Tav and other fascinating connections.

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