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

Gary Hedrick GaryH at cjfm.org
Fri Dec 10 18:05:04 EST 2010

1. You might want to check the archives. In some ways, this thread is reinventing the wheel, so to speak, although I have to admit that your point of view is definitely unique.
2. Re: a possible agenda, fair enough.
3. Re: olam and your quest for a one-size-fits-all definition; I guess this begs the question, how do you translate it when it refers to God?


On Dec 9, 2010, at 7:44 PM, fred burlingame <tensorpath at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Gary:
> Thanks for your comments. Please allow me to respond.
> 1. I have not reviewed the archive you referenced.
> 2. I do have an agenda by coming here: to learn more of biblical hebrew language. That's the limit of it, for however long I might be here. 
> 3. I appreciate your comments concerning olam. My experience with all uses of the word in the masoretic text leads me to a somewhat different understanding of the word. I see the word as meaning "a concealed (or hidden) period of time." Other parts of the text sometimes reveal the length of that particular time, such as jonah in the whale for 3 days. And other instances of the word sometimes contain no such revelation of the length of time intended.
> 4. Hence, for the verse in question I see the term of the priesthood duties and functions as simply an unknown period of time. The later disclosure (in jeremiah) of the subsequent destruction of the first temple, including the loss of the aaronic line of priests, confirms to me that the period of time intended in this verse consumed approximately 1400-587 b.c.

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