[b-hebrew] one-to-one rendering of olam

fred burlingame tensorpath at gmail.com
Thu Dec 9 18:18:41 EST 2010


Hello Gary:

Thanks for the information.

But the question persists. Does the phrase עד עולם mean "forever" as
attested by the niv committee in this verse?

http://www.biblestudytools.com/1-chronicles/23-13.html
regards,

fred burlingame
On Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 4:51 PM, Hedrick Gary <GaryH at cjfm.org> wrote:

> I changed the subject line because we're straying from the original topic.
>
> Please check the archives for previous discussions regarding the range of
> meaning of עולם
>
> It can indeed mean forever in some contexts, like when it describes God
> himself (we can be relatively certain that El Olam doesn't mean "Temporary
> God"). In other contexts, though, it means a relatively long time (as in the
> case of a slave who commits to remain with his owner "forever"). In still
> other contexts, it connotes, very simply, indefinite duration.
>
> Here's a link to one archived discussion thread:
>
> http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/b-hebrew/2009-February/037249.html
>
> Again, translation is a game of contexts—and also, to some extent,
> preconceptions.
>
> Gary Hedrick
> San Antonio, Texas USA
>
>
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