RE: Eternity

From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Fri Mar 19 1999 - 15:37:45 EST

At 01:36 PM 3/19/99 -0600, you wrote:

>This is, of course, not the forum for discussion of pre-millennial,
millennial, or post-millennial eschatological notions. Certainly, I suppose
that those who wish can understand AIWNIOS to refer to duration over a long
period of time rather than forever.
>Carl W. Conrad

It might be of some interest that the Hebrew word sometimes translated
"eternity" or "forever" = olam- is a word that merely means "horizon". That
is, something which is never reached or attained- for one never does get to
the end of the horizon as one walks along.
Thus, the Hebrew concept denotes neither length or expanse, but a goal left
unattained and therefore something to strive towards.



Jim West, ThD
Quartz Hill School of Theology
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