Monday, January 8, 2018

What color is Tekhelet (תכלת)?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word "blue"?!? The sky of'course. This is exactly the color that Torah implies by Tekhelet (תכלת).

I have discussed this at the very beginning of my blog here:

The word Tekhelet is used in the Torah to describe Tabernacle Coverings and Curtains, Garments of the High Priest and TziTzit of'course.

Unfortunately, the text of the Torah is not very useful when one tries to determine the meaning of some words like this one because there are no contextual verses with this word to determine its idiomatic meaning. The only way to truly understand what this word means is to master Torah Hebrew which has not been done yet by anyone. Torah Hebrew is still a dead language so until it is restored, we can't really hope to understand the true meaning behind this and some other Torah words.

The only guess I could come up with was the word תכל (finishing or ending) but it does not seem to provide any useful information as to the meaning of Tekhelet.

Please note that this color was produced from either plants or minerals. For example, in the Septuagint, Tekhelet was translated into Greek as hyakinthos (ὑακίνθος, "hyacinth"). The color of the hyacinth flower, which ranges from violet blue to a bluish purple.

The color could NOT have been produced from a marine creature known as the Ḥillazon (also spelled Chilazon) as Talmud suggests because it is not kosher and one would have to kill millions of them to produce enough dye for the Tabernacle Coverings/Curtains and everyday TziTzits.

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