Ancient Hebrew tsitsit was fringing put upon the four hems of a tunic or cloak—not four enlarged tassels put upon the corners of a rectangular garment (tallit). An indigo-coloured band was placed upon the fringing—a blue thread was not put into the tassels.
The book Ancient Hebrew Tsitsit by Jane E. Lythgoe [in progress] contains a large amount of scriptural, linguistic, historical and modern evidence for this theory. It includes a commentary on Numbers 15:38 from an ancient Hebrew perspective—and a large collection of historical and modern visual evidence from both Isharaal and other cultures.
The book will be non-profit. It will come in two (letter-sized) versions. The E-Book (pdf) version will be free; a colour printed version will be available from Amazon at minimum cost.
Completion is currently on hold.
The site "ancienthebrewtsitsit.com" is still under construction. In the meantime this page will be used.
The editor of the book is Jeremy D. Lythgoe, Jane's husband.
Other Pages on this Site that Will Be Incorporated into the Book
Other pages on this site (yehweh.org) that will be incorporated into the book are:
Ancient Hebrew Weddings
Ancient Hebrew weddings may have included the following: 1) The blowing of the SHaPUR (shofar), 2) PaXIM (many colours/distinction/individuality) in tartan (plaid) garments and decorations, 3) A CHUPE (chuppah/canopy), 4) TSITSIT (fringes) and blue PaTILIM (bands) above (in height) ("up-on"—not within) the fringes all along each of four hems (not four enlarged tassels) of the garments, 5) ID IMINU (his right hand): the position where the bride stands next to the groom during the vows, 6) A belief-filled and confident celebrant (not necessarily a rabbi), 7) A personalised and Hebrew themed KaTUBE (katubah/written covenant) which is signed by the bride then groom in the presence of two witnesses, and, 8) Decorations of TaPaARaT (beauty) with Biblical symbols like the Ancient ISHaRaALite (Israeli) national flower the Lily of the Valley (aka fleur de lis/madonna lily). Jeremy Douglas Lythgoe and Jane Elizabeth Marchant had their spiritual wedding which they tried to make as Ancient Hebrew as possible on the 28th Day of the 12th Agricultural and Astronomical Month (aka March 4), 2011—at Jane's home in Ohope Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand (in exile!). After that they had their governmental wedding on August 19, 2011...Continue
Updates on the Book's Progress
For regular updates on the book's progress please see our Facebook (Page): Ancient Hebrew Tsitsit.
Book Figures (Draft Collection)
A draft collection of figures that are planned to be in the book will be kept—and added to when and as figures are ready—at the photo section of the Facebook page.