Like or like what כאשר

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Kenneth Greifer
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Like or like what כאשר

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Genesis 41:21
ותבאנה אל קרבנה ולא נודע כי באו אל קרבנה ומראיהן רע כאשר בתחלה ואיקץ
"Like what is in the beginning" or "like in the beginning"?

1 Samuel 2:35
והקימתי לי כהן נאמן כאשר בלבבי ובנפשי יעשה ובניתי לו בית נאמן והתהלך‪v‬‏ לפני משיחי כל הימים
"Like what is in My heart"?

2 Samuel 7:10
ושמתי מקום לעמי לישראל ונטעתיו ושכן תחתיו ולא ירגז עוד ולא יסיפו בני עולה לענותו כאשר בראשונה

"Like before" or "like what is before"?

In these quotes, does כאשר mean "like" or "like what"?
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Mitchell Powell
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Re: Like or like what כאשר

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Perhaps "like how" could be considered as an equivalent here. Thus Genesis 41:21, "like how (they were) in the beginning", and 2 Samuel 7:10, "like how (they did) before". But for 1 Samuel 2:35, "like what" seems fine.
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Re: Like or like what כאשר

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I'd look more "literally" as "according to which."
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