[b-hebrew] qedem

Peter Kirk peterkirk at qaya.org
Sat Jul 24 08:26:31 EDT 2004

On 23/07/2004 09:13, Jonathan D. Safren wrote:

>To the ancient Israelite, the past was "qedem", meaning that he could see
>it, it was something he already knew, and therefore it was "in front of,
>before" him.. Cf. the similar use of the English "before". ...

It is interesting that in English "before" usually refers to the past 
when used in a temporal sense, but it can also refer to the future, as 
"ahead" normally does, in expressions like "You life lies before you" in 
advice to a young person. Is there a similar ambiguity in Hebrew?

Peter Kirk
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