TET (Heb. ט; טֵית), the ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet; its numerical value is therefore 9. The early, Proto-Canaanite form of this letter has not yet been attested, but in the tenth century B.C.E. it consisted of crossing strokes (compare with the taw) surrounded by a circle , . In the cursive scripts there was a tendency to open the circle. Thus in the Hebrew script it was drawn ; in the Samaritan ; Phoenician , : Aramaic ; Jewish ; Nabatean → Arabic . The Greek theta preserved the closed circle. See *Alphabet, Hebrew.

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