[B-Greek] "Attic Reduplication"

Mark Lightman lightmanmark at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 20 11:28:44 EDT 2009

The line about the Septuagint being good enough for
Moses is a joke I made up.  The Rabbis did of course
defend the Hebrew Text over and against the LXX, so
it's something they could have said to lampoon the other

--- On Fri, 6/19/09, Bert de Haan <dehaanaf at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Bert de Haan <dehaanaf at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] "Attic Reduplication"
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Friday, June 19, 2009, 5:13 PM

> ---------- 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...

Bert de Haan
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