[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?


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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