The purpose of the Messianic Aleph/Tav את Rendition of the Tanakh Study Bible is to show exactly where the Aleph/Tav את Symbols are placed in the Hebrew text, in an effort to reveal the protocol of how the Yah-head/Elohim works. Y’shua gave us clues to this protocol when He stated in John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father, and also in John 14:6 No one comes to the Father except through Me. These verses from John reveal that Father is in total control of all creation and that He works both with and through Y’shua as one, to whom He has given all authority (Matt 28:18) over all creation.
We need simply to understand that the protocol of the Yah-head was not something first established when Y’shua came in the flesh, but was established from the foundation of the earth and possibly has worked the same for all eternity…for He does not change (Mal 3:6). Consequently, regardless of what works are performed by the Yah-head with creation, whether it is the making of His covenants, or His judgments, the protocol, like His eternal Torah, does not change. It is the precise placement of the Aleph/Tav את Symbols which both expose and confirm this. The יהוה Father works both WITH and THROUGH את Y’shua as ONE.
There is not a jot or tittle without purposeful meaning and significance in the Tanakh. The rendition with the Aleph/Tav את Symbols was the only Bible the Children of Israel had for thousands of years, originally in Paleo-Hebrew. Without the placement of the Aleph/Tav את Symbols in English our translation of the Tanakh has been incomplete for hundreds of years. This is just how significant the Aleph/Tav את Symbols truly are to our having proper theology and proper understanding of the eternal workings of the Yah-head. Seeing the unchanging eternal working of the Yah-head properly will allow covenant believers a more accurate understanding concerning the protocol of the Yah-head and how eternal covenants have been established to renew fallen man with the Yah-head as ONE. This begins to provide the answer to the question, “How does the Yah-head work”?
To summarize, from the beginning nothing has changed about how the Yah-head divinely functions with mankind and creation. The Yah-head is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8), HE CHANGES NOT (Mal 3:6). Our Heavenly יהוה Father has been working in combination WITH and THROUGH את Y’shua as ONE by ONE SPIRIT (Eph 2:18) from the beginning and all eternity. This is what the precise placement of the Aleph/Tav את Symbols will clearly establish, and is one of the main purposes for putting together this rendition in English. This is of monumental importance in beginning to understand our relationship with the Yah-head. We can only grow together from here as more and more covenant believers begin to read the complete Tanakh and draw insight from the placement of these Aleph/Tav את Symbols.
Over the last fifteen to twenty years, there have been an abundance of books written by many authors on the significance and relevance believed to be contained in the comparison of the Aleph/Tav את Symbol with Y’shua the Messiah. Many believers are familiar with this symbol as representing Y’shua Messiah, but the simple truth of this matter cannot be completely analyzed until believers have the opportunity to read the Tanakh for themselves and see where this symbol is actually placed. Only then can we begin to understand its significance, for I believe our understanding of the Aleph/Tav את Symbol has only just begun. I further believe the most likely all of the Apostles understood completely the use of the Aleph/Tav את Symbol in the Tanakh as John declared and passed that knowledge down to covenant apostolic believers in the assemblies they founded throughout Asia and the world. Much of their wisdom and insight has been lost over time due to the persecution they suffered by Rome.
All italicized words without brackets are words not in original Hebrew text and were placed in the sentence to give clearer English meaning and understanding. All (italicized) words in parenthesis are definitions of words usually placed to the immediate right for better understanding of the Hebrew word. Other than the free standing Aleph Tav’s, where Hebrew words are placed, their English translation follows to the right in italics. This is a unique rendering of the Tanakh so feel free to email me should you have any questions or find any new discoveries.
There are also 221 prophecies that Y’shua fulfilled listed throughout this rendition. Look for them at the end of the sentence designating where they were fulfilled in the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant). Example: Genesis 22:8 Abraham said, My son, Elohim will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so both of them went together.Prophecy Fulfilled-Gen. 22:8 The Lamb of Elohim promised-John 1:29.
Look also for Aleph/Tav ALERTS before each Parsha and before each book showing where a few of the Aleph/Tav את Symbols are placed with a short explanation on their significance.
The Conclusion of the Matter
The entire Tanakh is predicated around the Aleph Tav, and this “character symbol” expresses different meanings depending where it is used in scripture. Firstly, it is a “sign” or “mark” emphasizing “COVENANT STRENGTH“. Secondly, because ALL the COVENANTS were made by Father through Y’shua, (who is the mediator of all things, between Father and man), the Aleph Tav must also incorporate Y’shua, because of His divinity. This was what the Apostle John was expressing in both his gospel and in Revelation…declaring the protocol of the Yah-head/Elohim. Thirdly, because we are created in HIS image (sons of adam), we are also incorporated into the meaning and use of Aleph Tav. Proof of this is why we see pronouns, and other significant Hebrew words concerning mankind and creation, spelled using the Aleph Tav. So, ultimately, the Aleph Tav incorporates all creation and is the foundation of the Tanakh, both in print (Torah) and in all reality. This is what the rabbis down through history refer to as AMPLIFICATION on a particular subject.
Bottom line…if John is correct that the Aleph Tav is Y’shua and that all creation was created “through” Him, as confirmed by Paul in Col 1:16, as well as the placement of 21 Aleph Tav’s throughout the 6 days of the creation week…then it is only logical to presume that if everything was created through Y’shua, then everything else has to go through His authority as well, for no man comes to the Father but by Y’shua…so Y’shua is the mediator of ALL THINGS, from creation, to blessings, judgments, covenants, temple services, worship, commandments, etc., and the placement of the Aleph Tav throughout the Tanakh confirms this. That is what is so significant about the Aleph Tav.
For hundreds of years Hebrew has been moving further away from the purity and simplicity of its origin as in the days of Moses and has been becoming more of a hybrid language, even incorporating various Yiddish dialects. Focus today is more on the pronunciation of Modern Hebrew words containing various manmade vowel points than on the proper meaning of each Paleo-Hebrew letter. Today there are hundreds of grammar rules which convolute the spoken language of Hebrew and make it more difficult than ever for beginners trying to learn the language. As a result the ancient spiritual meaning and significance of even the Aleph Tav has become lost as simply a direct object pointer in grammar with no spiritual significance whatsoever in today’s modern Hebrew. It is my prayer that MATS will bring a more balanced mind-set into the ancient Hebrew language, to those who have a desire to understand what Moses and our ancestors were truly trying to convey in their writings and the monumental significance of the Aleph Tav. For whatever one says about the Aleph Tav, one can never say enough!
Most sincerely, I am…
A Voice Crying in the Wildness…Prepare Ye the Way for the Aleph Tav את,
William H. Sanford