[b-hebrew] one-to-one rendering of olam (was: Song of Songs 1:12)
uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 9 22:41:45 EST 2010
Sorry, these are two different roots. The first is
The second is derived from the root GHayin LM.
The proto-Semitic Ghayin was written already in the
ancient paleo-Hebrew script with the same letter that
served the letter (YIN.
Compare the name of the city (azah. To this day
the ancient pronounciation is preserved in the English
spelling Ghaza, and, of course, in normal Arabic
spoken and written use where it retains a separate letter.
Uri Hurwitz Greay Neck, NY
As I have already observed the word OLAM ( עולם ) is of the root
(LM ( עלם ), which certainly can not mean 'hidden, secrete,
conceal'. To wit: this is also the root of ELEM and ALMAH ( עלם,
עלמה ), 'young adults', which are not hidden, and have nothing to
Isaac Fried, Boston University
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