[B-Greek] "Attic Reduplication"

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Fri Jun 19 20:28:08 EDT 2009

On Jun 19, 2009, at 7:13 PM, Bert de Haan wrote:

>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Carl Conrad <cwconrad2 at mac.com>
>> To: Mark Lightman <lightmanmark at yahoo.com>
>> Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 09:28:45 -0400
>> Subject: Re: [B-Greek] "Attic Reduplication"
>>> ...............
>>> Carl: <They'll say, "If Attic Reduplication was good enough
>>>  for St. Paul, it's good enough for me!">
>>> Carl's humor can be dry and subtle, so in case you missed it,
>>> he is revising here the old joke "If the King James Bible was good
>>> enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me."  The earliest form of
>>> this joke is actually found in the Talmud: "If the Septuagint was  
>>> good
>>> enough for Moses, it's good enough for me!"
>> Thanks for pointing that out; I'm sure that most B-Greekers have  
>> never encountered that locution before; I really did not mean to be  
>> so "subtle."
> Carl couldn't have been all that subtle because I did get the humour.
> I did not know about the Septuagint and Moses quote though.  I can be
> quite dense so I want to make sure you aren't joking here.  Is this
> indeed a quote from the Talmud?  I did a google search but nothing
> came up.  Well...nothing...  I did find a quote that goes like this:
> If the Septuagint is good enough for the Holy Spirit, why...
> etc.Thanks.

Well, you know, they speak of the written Torah and the unwritten  
Torah; somewhere they probably speak also of the written Talmud and  
the unwritten Talmud; my guess would be that the saying about the LXX  
and Moses, and perhaps also the one about the LXX and the Holy Spirit  
(with or without the definite article) would be found in the unwritten  
Talmud, or the unfounded Talmud, or ...

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

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