Plowing through History from the Aleph to the Tav

Topics Ancient Hebrew Alphabet


Tav

By Jeff A. Benner


Early
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Middle
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Late
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Modern
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Ancient Name: Taw
Pictograph: Crossed Sticks
Meanings: Mark, Sign, Signal, Monument
Sound: T


History & Reconstruction

The Ancient picture is a type of "mark," probably of two sticks crossed to mark a place, similar to the Egyptian hieroglyph , a picture of two crossed sticks. This letter has the meanings of "mark," "sign" and "signature."

The Modern Hebrew, Arabic and Greek names for this letter is tav (or taw), a Hebrew word meaning, "mark." Hebrew, Greek and Arabic agree that the sound for this letter is "t."

The early pictograph evolved into in the Middle Semitic script and continued to evolve into in the Late Semitic Script. From the middle Semitic script is derived the Modern Hebrew ת) . The Early Semitic script is the origin of the Greek and the Latin T.


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