posted on Aug, 14 2014 @ 09:07 PM
a reply to: SumerianSoldier
I did a little bit of digging as the subject caught my interest. I assume the guy you heard was Rabbi Daniel Lapin.
Quite an interesting view he takes on the differences between English and what I would assume is Biblical Hebrew. He says that words we have in
English that lack a Hebrew equivalent are normally false concepts detached from reality. He points to Adolescent Coincidence and (my personal
favorite) religion. Biblical Hebrew and Modern Hebrew are similar to the differences between say Modern English and Shakespeare. As Rabbi he is most
likely going to be well versed in both languages and I would assume based on the argument he is making and his reference to the Tanach that he is
talking about Biblical Hebrew. Here is some information on the differences if your interested:
There is no Hebrew word for coincidence which is defined as:
noun: coincidence; plural noun: coincidences; noun: co-incidence; plural noun: co-incidences
a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
correspondence in nature or in time of occurrence.
I think its a perfectly legitimate claim to say that the there is no Hebrew Word for coincidence. As you said there are words that are similar such as
"might of"(I didn't look into that one because I dont think "might of" really fits the term coincidence) and "happenstance"(which in english is
defined as coincidence). If you'll look at the word "Keri" which
means "happenstance" you'll see when it is used it isn't used as we would use the word coincidence
"Keri (קרי) is a Hebrew term which literally means "happenstance", "frivolity" or "contrariness" and has come to mean "seminal emission". The term
is generally used in Jewish law to refer specifically to the regulations and rituals concerning the emission of semen, whether by nocturnal emission,
or by sexual activity. By extension, a man is said to be a ba'al keri (בעל קרי)("one who has had a seminal emission") after he has ejaculated
without yet completing the associated ritual cleansing requirements. " (Forgot the source but its wiki.
Frivolity doesn't really fit with our idea of a coincidence nor does seminal emission fit our idea of a coincidence.
So I would say that is a bit of fun knowledge you could add to you novel.
edit on 14-8-2014 by ServantOfTheLamb because: Typo
edit on 14-8-2014 by ServantOfTheLamb because: forgot source