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

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Sun Dec 12 12:25:45 EST 2010


I am sorry to have to say this, but this talk of a "hidden" period of  
time is in my opinion a symptom of a basic misunderstanding of the  
workings and nature of the Hebrew language. The rest is theology.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Dec 12, 2010, at 11:14 AM, fred burlingame wrote:

> Hello Isaac:
>
> The absence of the little phrase "עד עולם ", implies  
> unconditionality in its presence, not.
>
> Witness:
>
> כי את כל הארץ אשר אתה ראה לך אתננה  
> ולזרעך עד עולם
>
> genesis 13:15
>
> and;
>
> ויעל עליהם את מלך כשדים ויהרג  
> בחוריהם בחרב בבית מקדשם ולא חמל על  
> בחור ובתולה זקן וישש הכל נתן בידו
>
> 2 chronicles 36:17
>
> The land was promised to abraham עד עולם , or for a  
> conditional or hidden period of time. That time period subsequently  
> proved to be from circa 1400 b.c., to circa 600 b.c.
>
> regards,
>
> fred burlingame
>
>
> On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 8:24 AM, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:
> I notice that the promise given to NOAX (Gen. 8:22) is conditional,  
> without AD OLAM or LE-OLAM:
> While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat,  
> and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease
> עד כל ימי הארץ זרע וקציר וקר וחם וקיץ  
> וחרף ויום ולילה לא ישבתו
>
> Isaac Fried, Boston University
>
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