[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Digest, Vol 96, Issue 14

fred burlingame tensorpath at gmail.com
Mon Dec 13 20:00:36 EST 2010

Hello Karl:

Thanks for your comments.

Please forgive my inability to understand you.

Perhaps the following examples will illuminate the issue confronting me.

When I see the following two biblical hebrew words; I understand the
prevailing and generally accepted english meanings of these words as

a. דג = fish;

b. עץ = tree.


c. עולם = ?

Or to say it another way; if "dag" means fish; and "etz" means tree; what
does "olam" mean?

It all seems so simple.

There must be some straightforward meaning attached to the hebrew word עולם
; just as a simple meaning attaches to דג and עץ . ?

What is the meaning of olam in biblical hebrew?


fred burlingame

On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 5:04 PM, K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com> wrote:

> Fred:
>  On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM, fred burlingame <tensorpath at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hello Karl:
>> Thanks for your comments.
>> Can you point to a specific example in the masoretic text of עולם meaning
>> infinite action, eternal action ... versus finite and/or temporal action?
> Again you focus on the form, not the action. The question is not whether or
> not it is infinite or finite, but whether or not it deals with that which is
> unknown. In this case, both the finite and the infinite are unknown at the
> referent time.
>> regards,
>> fred burlingame
>> Karl W. Randolph.

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