2 Kings 2:23-24

George Athas gathas at globalfreeway.com.au
Sun Dec 10 19:30:28 EST 2000


Tony,

The essence of NA`AR is 'inexperienced'. Thus, it can denote someone who is young in age
because they have not experienced much of life. It can also be used as a formal word for
'trainee' or 'apprentice' (as in the beginning of 1 Sam) - someone who is in the process
of gaining experience in a certain vocation, and who is therefore an underling of a
manager (eg, the ne`arim and ne`arot and Ruth). It can be the informal word for
'inexperienced', as in the case of Solomon and Jeremiah. Thus, the semantic range is
'young in experience'. Various words for translation might be:

young
youth
lad
girl
trainee
apprentice
acolyte
employee
junior
inexperienced



Best regards,

GEORGE ATHAS
(Sydney, Australia)
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