[b-hebrew] That piece of halibut was good enough for YHWH

Jane Peters janepeters13041939 at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Jan 24 23:59:15 EST 2008

Hi there!
  My friends and I were discussing how we would translate a famous line from Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' into biblical Hebrew.
  The line was: 
  'All I said was, "That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah."'
  (Actually, the exact line is "All I said *to my wife* was ...", but we were making it more generally applicable.)
  1 The "all I said was" doesn't seem to have an obvious equivalent in Hebrew, so we played around a bit, and came up with something broadly comparable. Is there something closer to the English idiom?
  2 Also, we had to rely on the modern Hebrew word for 'Halibut': PW+YT
  3 We're also not sure whether to say "piece of halibut', or just 'halibut'.
  But this is our first run at it:
  Please let me know how it should be changed!

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