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Scripture Backdrops - Relevant Historical Insights into Scripture

Jot or Tittle

Matt 5:18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." 

"Not One Jot or Tittle"

The Hebrew and Greek Alphabet

The "Jot" is the Hebrew word "Yodh" which is the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is also the smallest letter. It's European or English equivalent is the letter "Y" as in the English term Yahweh or in Hebrew YHVH since there were no vowel's used in the ancient script. 

The word "jot" itself is an English transliteration of "iota" which is the 9th letter of the Greek alphabet. "Iota," in turn, is the nearest Greek equivalent for the Hebrew yodh. 

The "tittle" is the small decorative spur or point on the upper edge of the yodh. If you can imagine a tiny letter with a slightly visible decorative mark. 

Tittle is used by Greek grammarians of the accents and diacritical points. It means the little lines or projections by which the Hebrew letters differ from each other. One example would be the difference between the letter L and I. The difference is only one small mark. We use phrases like "the dotting of the i, and the crossing of the t," and "every iota." 

It is interesting that the Jewish scribes who copied the MT (Massoretic Text) of the Hebrew Bible scrolls paid the greatest attention to the minutiae of detail and such marks attached to each consonant throughout the entire text. They even numbered every letter, word, sentence, paragraph, chapter, section, and scroll to insure that the total equalled that of the text being copied before allowing it to enter the holy synagogue. 

The meaning of the passage is very clear. Not even the smallest letter or even its decorative spur will ever disappear from the "God Breathed" Word until all is fulfilled. In fact when heaven and earth are replaced by a new heaven and earth, the Word of the Lord will have accomplished its purpose and will be fulfilled in every detail even to the very letter. 

 

 

 


and the "moneychangers" doing business - John 2:13-16

are you the "Coming One" or do we look for another? - Matt 11:2-7

and out of whose hills thou mayest dig "brass." - Deut 8:9

"I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands" - Isaiah 49:16

He took his eldest son and..."offered him" - 2 Kings 3:26-27

And Jesus walked in the temple, in "Solomon's Porch" - John 10:23

She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni" - John 20:16

"And many went...up to Jerusalem" - John 11:55

How Far was a "Sabbath Day's Journey?" - Acts 1:12

On the last day, the "great day" of the feast - John 7:37 

Not One "Jot Or Tittle" - Matthew 5:18 

A "Wineskin in the Smoke" Psalm 119:83 

And she..."shall sit on the ground" - Isaiah 3:26

As the "sash" clings to the waist of a man - Jeremiah 13:11 

And devout men carried Stephen to his "burial" - Acts 8:2 

They Prayed "Toward Jerusalem" - Daniel 6:10 

Euphrates, "The Great River" - Genesis 15:18 

The Lord's "hand is not shortened" - Isaiah 59:1 

The king sealed it with his own "signet ring" - Daniel 6:17 

The "Pinnacle Of The Temple" - Matthew 4:5 

The Law Was Our "Schoolmaster" To Bring Us Unto Christ - Galatians 3:24