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the Mysterious Aleph Tav (את)

Those two underlined Hebrew words are “Et”. As you can see, they are untranslated. The “and” under the left one is referring to the “vav” next to Et. The letter vav in front of a word sometimes means “and”, as in this case.

Before tackling this amazing subject I would like to say a prayer…

Our dear Father in heaven, please open our eyes and our minds to understand the wondrous things you have hidden in your Word. As your Son Yeshua said – Open our understanding, that we may comprehend the Scriptures. (Luk 24:45 paraphrased) Send us the Helper that you promised who teaches your people all things (Jhn 14:26 paraphrased). Thank you for hearing our prayer. B’shem Yeshua 💕

Take a good, long look at that top photo. As you see, it is Genesis 1:1. Do you notice how the underlined Alef Tav on the right is not translated? It is untranslatable. Hebrew speakers brush it off, saying that it is just a word that points to the direct object in sentences. I would ask them – Do ALL direct objects have “את” in front of them? No. They don’t.

Also, there are hyphenated Aleph Tavs (-את) and stand-alone Aleph Tavs, like the two above. See below for some hyphenated examples. I would ask Hebrew speakers – What is the grammatical difference between hyphenated and stand-alone Aleph Tavs?

(Exo 39:30-43) Blue-dotted are the hyphenated Alef Tavs while the yellow highlighted are the stand-alone Alef Tavs. Do you recognize what form the yellow את have taken? Do you see what they are pointing at? Those two words at the top highlighted in yellow say “HOLINESS TO YHVH”. Now it could be a coincidence, but I don’t believe in coincidences. 😉

Ok, now that we have built some kind of foundation and you can recognize stand-alone Alef Tavs, lets go a little deeper. At this point I should mention that there are thousands of hyphenated Alef Tavs in the older testament (Tanakh) but the occurrence of stand-alone Alef Tav are much more rare.

Let’s go to some verses spoken by Yeshua in Revelation.

“I am the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Yeshua ~ Rev 1:8

(I have taken out the “omega” and the “alpha” from these verses because Yeshua would have been speaking Hebrew, not Greek. Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew aleph beit and tav is the last letter.)

“saying, “I am the Alef and the Tav, the First and the Last,…”

Yeshua ~ Rev 1:11a

“And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End…”

Yeshua ~ Rev 21:6a

“I am the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Yeshua ~ Rev 22:13

Yeshua proclaimed that He is the Alef Tav twice in the beginning and twice at the end of Revelation, almost as if they are quotation marks! It’s like He is saying – pay attention! I’m trying to tell you something!

Now, if that is not enough, we have John’s witness in John, chapter one. If you have a shofar, now would be a good time to blow it because John gets it! He puts the icing on the cake!

John 1:1 – In the beginning (right off, he directs us back to Genesis 1:1!)  was the Word (which begs – which Word? את!), and the Word was with God (Eloheim) (Yes, the Alef Tav is right next to Eloheim!), and the Word was God (Eloheim). (Yes, Yeshua and the Father are one.) See the photo below.

Eloheim (God) is underlined in yellow. Do you see how our Et (את) is right next to Eloheim?!

Hebrew is read from right to left. Do you see how את is the 4th word? Ironically, the number 4 in Hebrew points to the Messiah! For instance, the 4th day of creation we have YHVH creating the greater light to rule the day (Yeshua) (Gen 1:14-19). The 4th millennium was when Yeshua came as a light to the world. (John 1:9, 8:12, 9:5, 12:35-36, 12:46) The 4 times Yeshua tells us that He is the Aleph Tav! 😉  The gestation period for a baby is 40 weeks, to name a few.

He wrote about Yeshua far more than I was aware of 20 years ago!

So as to not overwhelm you I will close for now but this should give you something to mull over until next time. Remember, there are no idle words in the Scripture. Especially in the original Hebrew!

I love those who love me,

And those who seek me diligently will find me.

Proverbs 8:17

Shalom, b’shem Yeshua!

P. S. – There is also a video covering this subject if you follow this link:


Published by Holly Hickey הדסה היקי

It's not about me, it's about my Father, His holy, unchanging Word, Yeshua made flesh! No ear tickling here. (And maybe a couple of posted recipes that I've been unable to find online elsewhere. 😉)

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