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The Tao of Ezekiel--oops, I mean the Tau

Canisius | 19 April, 2006 00:52

For those of you who wondered about the word "Mesraim" in today's Gueranger reading (VII,197), it is simply the Hebrew word for "Egypt".

You may also have wondered about the reference to Tau (VII,199). It is a letter in the Hebrew alphabet whose sound corresponds to our letter T. The fellow in the Ezekiel passage Gueranger cites was told to mark the foreheads of those in Jerusalem who were faithful to God and who thus would be spared in the coming Babylonian siege. The fascinating thing is, the letter Tau was shaped like a cross!

I say "was" advisedly. If any of you have studied Hebrew, you are probably thinking to yourself, "But Tau is not shaped like a cross! It's shaped like a horse shoe!" That is true in the current Hebrew alphabet, but the Hebrew alphabet we use now is a more recent development. The alphabet used in Ezekiel's day had a Tau shaped like a cross.


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