The jot and tittle that IEUESHUO referred to were not vowel-pointings. The jot was the smallest letter in the Estrangelo Aramaic alphabet that He used, and the tittle was a stroke that made up a letter itself.
Where Does IEUESHUO Talk about the JOT in the Scriptures?
Mat 5:18 “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one JOT or one TITTLEshall by no means pass from the TURE (Torah) till all be done.
Luk 16:17 “And it is easier for the heaven and the earth to pass away than for one TITTLE of the TURE (Torah) to fall.
I/JOT/IOT/IOTA/YOD/YUDH/ID are All Equivalent to Each Other
Old English JOT/IOT
The letter I used to be called IOT ("ee-ot") in Old English. There was no J sound. The letter J used to be a capital I. Old English I's did not have a dot at the top of them. The dot only came when the letter J became the sound of today's letter J, instead of the capital I. The the small letter i had to be distinguished from the capital I. In Old English an I had no dot.
The letter I or J is the smallest letter in the English/Latin alphabet.
Classical Greek IOTA
The Old English letter name IOT most likely came from the Classical Greek letter name IOTA (ee-oh-tah).
The letter IOTA is the smallest letter in the Classical Greek alphabet.
Massoritic Hebrew YOD
The Classical Greek letter named IOTA either -
1) came from the Massoritic Hebrew letter name YOD/IOD (ee-od) (as indicated in the Strong's definition of the word below)
Of Hebrew origin (the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet); “iota”, the name of the eighth letter of the Greek alphabet, put (figuratively) for a very small part of anything: - jot.
or, 2) the reverse may be true - the Massoritic Hebrews copied the Greek IOTA since many Jews were Helenistic. Either way they have perverted the ancient Hebrew letter name by either changing the letter sound of I into a dipthong (double-vowel - "IO") and/or adding vowel points to the letter sound I to make "IO". The ancient Hebrew letter sound for ID was "EEH". Which incidentally is how we say the Modern English and Modern Hebrew letter "Y". The letter "Y" evolved out of the letter "I".
The letter YOD is the smallest letter in the modern Hebrew-square-script Jewish alphabet.
Modern Syriac Aramaic YUDH
The Modern Syriac Aramaic letter name YUDH was likewise most likely inspired by the Massoritic Hebrew letter name YOD/IOD - or - the Classical Greek IOTA.
The letter YUDH is the smallest letter in the modern syriac aramaic alphabet.
Square Estrangelo Aramaic and Estrangelo Aramaic ID (What IEUESHUO Used)
The Square Estrangelo Aramaic and Estrangelo Aramaic letter name was likely to be ID - the ancient Hebrew name. This is because these two alphabets are the oldest so far that have been discussed, and the changes (mutilations) to this letter name are most likely to have come later. More on that later.
The letter ID is the smallest letter in the Square Estrangelo Aramaic and Estrangelo Aramaic alphabets. Click to enlarge.
The letter ID doesn't look like the smallest in the diagram shown above in the Estrangelo Alphabet (the letter for z looks smaller), but this is because this in this image the ID is too big relative to the other letters. In other images the ID looks the smallest. See below.
The most likely alphabets IEUESHUO used was Square Estrangelo Aramaic or Estrangelo Aramaic (both called NORTHERN ARAMAIC). These were the alphabets that were used in the North of Palestine - near Nazareth during the time of IEUESHUO See Evolution of the English Alphabet Chart for more.
Palmyrenean Aramaic and Qumran Hebrew on the other hand were Southern Aramaic alphabets used in the South of Palestine (Judea, IRUSHaLIM and Negev). There smallest letter was also ID.
Ancient Hebrew ID
The ancient Hebrew letter name was ID ("eed") and was inspired by IEUE. It is made up of two letters - ID (hand) and DaL (tent door). The letter name thus means "moving hand". All ancient Hebrew letters were named after objects for ease of memorising them.
Romans to Blame?
The Romans may have been responsible for ALL of the mutations of the letter ID. Classical Greek was partially Romanised due to the strong influence of nearby Rome from 0 - 1000 AD. The Massorites likewise worked very closely with elite Romans and Greeks. In addition the Aramaic Syriac alphabet has been influenced by the Roman Catholic Church. In fact the Peshitta has been promoted the most by and conserved by the Chaldean (Babylonian) Catholic Church to this day.
A TITTLE Was PART of a Letter, NOT a Dot or Line Next To a Letter
A tittle is a stroke of a letter ITSELF, not a dot, line or mark NEAR it. The word for tittle in Greek is KERAIA. It means the least part of a letter - a STROKE of a letter. Several strokes make up one letter. KERAIA is based on the Greek letter KERAS which means horn.
Feminine of a presumed derivative of the base of G2768; something horn like, that is, (specifically) the apex of a Hebrew letter (figuratively the least particle): - tittle.
From a primary word κάρ kar (the hair of the head); a horn (literally or figuratively): - horn.
A horn is PART of an OX. A horn is CONNECTED to an ox. A horn is PART of an animal ITSELF, not a horn or anything else HANGING IN MID AIR BELOW THE OXE's BELLY. Similarly a TITTLE is PART of a LETTER itself. Vowel pointings are not connected to the letters they are dots and dashes that are SEPARATE to the letter itself.
In other words the vowel points are the OX's DROPPINGS (!)
Ancient and Paleo Hebrew Had no Letters with Dots or Lines Near Them
Ancient and Paleo Hebrew had NO dots, lines or marks next to their letters. There were no letters like the letter "i" even - with a dot at the top, bottom or side. The LAW was written in ancient or Paleo Hebrew at the time of IEUESHUO. When He spoke about not one JOT or TITTLE being passed from the Law he was referring to the ancient and/or paleo Hebrew anyway.
Article Last Updated Sep 6, 2010.
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