Re: "Jerusalems" of John 1:19 and "Heavens"

From: George Athas (
Date: Thu Mar 05 1998 - 00:23:45 EST

Theodore H. Mann wrote:

> I seem to remember hearing that "heaven," in the OT and NT was
> viewed as being compartmentalized (e.g., Paul's mention of the "third
> heaven). Is it possible that this partly accounts for the use of the
> plural?

Well Ted, the Hebrew word for "Heavens" is the DUAL word űamayim - that is,
it is not fully plural; it is only two. A very strict translation might be
literally "two heavens". From the Hebrew point of view, at least, the word
doesn't really support the compartmentalisation (what a bytefull!) of Heaven,
unless Heaven has only two parts.

Best regards!
George Athas
 PhD (Cand.), University of Sydney
 Tutor of Hebrew, Moore Theological College
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