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

fred burlingame tensorpath at gmail.com
Sat Dec 11 20:17:07 EST 2010

Hello Isaac:

Thanks for your input.

I don't have a problem inserting "forever" and "eternity" within the
boundaries of "temporal" or "time."

But permit me to suggest that theologians and their customers, plenty, would
take issue big with that statement .... :)


fred burlingame
On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 6:56 PM, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:

> King James translates Jonah 2:6(7) as: I went down to the bottoms of the
> mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever. The English
> etymology of 'ever' is uncertain, but both 'forever' and 'for eternity' are
> merely turns of speech for long, long time, an indefinite period of time, an
> occurrence with no end in sight.
> Nowadays MA-ASAR OLAM is 'life in prison', but even this may not last
> "forever".
> Isaac Fried, Boston University

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