[b-hebrew] one-to-one rendering of olam
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Mon Dec 13 14:41:30 EST 2010
you signify the controversy with your theology first program.
Where in the masoretic text does the word eternal appear? Only in your
religious assignment of that meaning to עולם .
Nothing in the hebrew language or the masoretic text calls for that usage,
except your theology.
To move עולם from an unequivocal, clear & applied use of three days, thirty
years, three hundred years, etc., respectively; and into eternity,
represents faith and beliefs first, and facts second.
On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 1:14 PM, Hedrick Gary <GaryH at cjfm.org> wrote:
> Fred, the term olam in itself is not all that controversial. We can
> literally go for months on end here on B-Hebrew without the term coming up
> in discussion even once.
> What is controversial is your insistence on a one-size-fits-all definition
> of olam (as opposed to multiple nuanced meanings depending on context and
> usage), and also your theory that when olam refers to God himself, it
> signifies that He is "unknown" rather than unbounded and eternal.
> Essentially, YOU are the controversy, Fred, not the term olam.
> By the way, do you realize that an English speaker could say: "A grand,
> wide and never bridged, canyon exists between the two consumer groups of
> 'cool'; the one advocating that it refers to temperature and the other
> advocating that it means something trendy and appealing"?
> In that situation, wouldn't you be tempted to say it's a false dichotomy
> (and a manufactured controversy) because both can be true, depending on
> context and usage?
> Or would you insist that "cool" must always mean the same thing in every
> context where it appears?
> Gary Hedrick
> San Antonio, Texas USA
> P.S. Nir, "read my iips" was G.H.W. Bush, not Ronald Reagan. Just FYI.
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