"Today" - idiomatic?

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at sil.org
Mon Jan 21 14:47:28 EST 2002

Let me clarify this a little. I discovered that at least in Deut 9:1,
Joshua 22:16 and Judges 9:18 (I didn't look any further) HAYYOWM is used
for an event which could not have occurred on that literal day. But the
question was, in the first century CE would HAYYOWM or its Aramaic or
Greek equivalent have been understood as (whether necessarily or
probably) referring to literally the same day, in a future context to
something that would happen before sunset? The answer might require an
appeal to Qumran or Mishnaic Hebrew.

Peter Kirk

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Ross [mailto:wross at farmerstel.com]
> Sent: 21 January 2002 19:26
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Cc: 'BibleTranslation discussion list'
> Subject: "Today" - idiomatic?
> <Bill>
> The question has arisen on another list on the possibility that in the
> century, "today" (among Jews) might not mean "today" but rather "truly
> say" or "sometime soon" or some other idiomatic usage.
> Is anyone aware of such? This wound up on this list because of an
> appeal to Deuteronomic idioms.
> Many thanks,
> Bill Ross

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