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

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Sat Dec 11 17:39:25 EST 2010

I see the root (LM, or merely LM, as consisting of the combination of  
the single-consonant root L, 'lofty', and the single-consonant root  
M, 'massive, vast'. in the HB, (OLAM is mostly applied to time, but  
is nowadays used also for space, in the sense of 'universe, world'.
In the word ELEM, the reference is to the body.
The root עלם appears also in the form אלם, as in אלומה,  
'sheaf, large pile', and אולם, 'large hall'. Nowadays אלים is  
'bully, intimidator'.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Dec 11, 2010, at 2:30 AM, Bryant J. Williams III wrote:

> Jenni holds that its basic meaning "most distant times"

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