WW, thanks for the links, but (as ever) the fonts do not work on my Mac. One of these days, I may just give up using cheap, old, used computers...
Now, to make my original post more complete, here is the full essay which developed out of it:
THE PICTOGRAPHIC NAME OF GOD
We're going to have to beat around the burning bush, but the roundabout is worth it!
I have been connecting dots for most of my adult life - connections, correspondences, correlations. The dots I want to connect here and now have to do with the Hebrew alphabet. We all know that written Hebrew is phonetic, with each letter being assigned a sound, not a...t all different from the modern alphabet. Ancient Hebrew, like Greek and Latin, lacked a separate set of symbols for numbers, thus each letter was assigned a numerical value. A Russian named Ivan Panin discovered that plugging in these numerical values in place of the letters, produced highly complex numerical patters running right through the text from Genesis to the Revelation. That's why I mentioned Greek, for numerically it works much like the Hebrew. As amazing as that is, I knew that years ago, so let's move on to the Strong Meat.
So, we know so far that the Hebrew letters operate on phonetic and numerical levels, but there is a third level, that of very ancient pictographs. Here is a chart of the Hebrew letters:
NAME OF LETTERS INTERPRETATION OF SYMBOL, WORD, OR LETTER Rendered in English
ALEPH An Ox or Bullock, a sacrifice or at-one-ment. Its numerical value is ONE.
BETH A House or Tent, a dwelling or tabernacle, in, among, within, etc.
GIMEL A Camel, like a camel's hump, heap, collect, high.
DALETH A Door or Gate, lid, valve.
HE Lo, see, behold, (therefore) a lattice or window for that purpose
VAV A Peg, Nail or Hook, therefore, wherefore, then, that, in order that, so that, etc.
ZAYIN A Weapon, a shining sword, brightness, light.
CHETH An Enclosure, fenced in, ark, refuge.
TETH A Serpent, like a serpent, rolled, twisted, entwined.
YOD The Hand, the right hand, to strike or pierce, a stroke, a blow.
KAPH The Hollow or Palm of the Hand, curved, concave, a valley or basin.
LAMEDH A Goad, towards, into, unto, until, upon, even to, besides, etc.
MEM Water, waves, a flood.
NUN A Fish, to sprout, to put forth, Noah, (as one from whom all are propagated).
SAMEKH A Fulcrum, prop, lever, to help, to sustain, to uphold, the hinge of a mason's apron, a ladder or line connecting the lower with the higher, the Holy Ghost.
AYIN The Eye, to flow, to flow out, a fountain.
PE The Mouth, to breathe, to blow, a side or quarter of the heavens, region, part, quarter.
TSADHE A Scythe or Reaping-hook, just, pertains to the harvest or retribution. Tsadok is Jupiter or justice (in Sanscrit, karma).
QOPH Occiput, back of the head, to move in a circle.
RESH Head, first, foremost, beginning, front.
Rosh means a foremost or most northern nation.
SHIN Tooth, a sharp rock, cliff, crag.
The Almighty (Shaddi) if seen from the front, but Satan if seen from behind.
TAU A Sign or Mark, cross, a symbol, a token.
Sorry, I have yet to successfully download a Hebrew font, so I don't have the pictorial letters, just the names of them. What I have learned concerns the tetragrammaton, or four-letter name of God, a proper name. It is Yod, He, Vav, He - usually transliterated "Yahweh," or rendered as "LORD" in many Bibles. Interestingly, most translators do not render the proper name of God as they should, but go ahead and transliterate the names of every pagan deity around, which the same God said not to do - but that's a rant for another day.
Hebrew is read from right to left, so if we plug in the pictographic meanings of the letters, it would read something like this:
He - lo, see, behold
Vav - a peg, nail, or hook
He - lo, see, behold
Yod - the hand
So, let's put it all together: God's proper name means (pictorially) "Behold the Nail, Behold the Hand." Reading from left to right, we get "Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail." Folks, this could be none other than Jesus!! Jesus is the God of the Old Testament.
Here is a second witness, confirmation from the other direction, and from the other end of the Scriptures:
When Jesus was crucified, Pilate wrote the sign that was nailed to the cross. The particular wording he chose displeased the Jewish leadership and they asked him to change it. He refused. There are some interesting aspects to this incident that are not apparent in our English translations.
Latin: Iesus Nazareus Rex Iudaiorum
Hebrew: (giving the spelling of the four words, right to left)
Ayin/Vav/Shin/YOD Yod = Y
Yod/Dalet/Tzadei/Nun/HE He = H
Khaf/Kaned/Beit/VAV Vav = W
Teit/Yod/Reish/Vav/He/Yod/HE He =H
H W H Y
Reading from right to left YHWH