I joyfully received my tau necklace and was officially welcomed as an OFS candidate yesterday (Sunday.) I have since been researching the origin of the tau, and I’m slightly confused about one point.
Most sources refer to the fourth Lateran Council, pope Innocent, and Ezekiel 9:4. I get all of that except for one point: the Hebrew letter tov/taw is not exactly the same as the tau. In middle Hebrew (Davidic Hebrew) it was more like an x, and in ancient Hebrew more like our lower case t. In modern Hebrew it’s nothing like a t or x, but Ezekiel would have been written in middle/Davidic Hebrew.
I love the tau for its connection to Saint Francis, who loved the symbol. I would love to be able to make the connection with the mark of the righteous in Ezekiel 9. I just don’t see why it’s the Greek tau instead of one of the forms of the Hebrew letter tov/taw. Any information on this topic you have would be appreciated.
Admin: if this is in the wrong forum, please move it. My search showed that the tau has been discussed in this sub-forum before, but the threads are closed and this particular point was never addressed that I saw.