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

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Sun Dec 12 16:48:48 EST 2010

I strongly believe that there is no "horizontal" relationship between  
OLAM and ALUM, 'covered up', in the same way that there is no  
"horizontal" relationship between LEXEM, solid food', and MI-LXAMAH,  
'war, battle, combat', or KESEP, silver', and KIYSUPIM, 'longing'.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Dec 12, 2010, at 2:40 PM, Joseph Roberts wrote:

> I have always understood Olam and its counter-part in Greek (aiwn)  
> as being
> like something beyond the horizon. to say something is beyond the  
> horizon
> does not say that it is a certain distance beyond the horizon it means
> beyond what you can see, this could mean forever or a mile beyond the
> horizon. I think sometimes in Hebrew and even Greek its better to  
> look at
> things more concrete than abstract.
> Joseph Roberts
> On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 10:39 AM, Isaac Fried <if at math.bu.edu> wrote:
>> In Gen. 13:15 AD OLAM is 'forever', namely, with no time limit  
>> set ––– with
>> no statute of limitation. The fact that someone builds a house, a  
>> shed, a
>> driveway, a fence, or whatnot, on your land is another issue; it  
>> happens
>> everyday everywhere.
>> Read again Jeremiah chapter 32, and recall verse 15:
>> כי כה אמר יהוה צבאות אלהי ישראל עוד  
>> יקנו בתים ושדות וכרמים בארץ הזאת
>> and tell me if he was right, or what.
>> Isaac Fried, Boston University

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