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
The Hebrew and Greek
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
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
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
equaled 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.
Bibliography on Ancient Customs
The Art of Ancient Egypt, Revised
by Robins, 272 Pages, Pub. 2008
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