[b-hebrew] That piece of halibut was good enough for YHWH
yitzhaksapir at gmail.com
Fri Jan 25 08:20:57 EST 2008
On Jan 25, 2008 4:59 AM, Jane Peters wrote:
> 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.)
Your Hebrew translation doesn't really translate that sentence. The
question has to
be asked: why Biblical Hebrew? During the time of Jesus, a form of
Mishnaic Hebrew as
well as Aramaic and Greek were spoken.
In any case, I think the following would have passed for Mishnaic
Hebrew, but I'm not sure:
rak ?amarti $e?oto dag dayyo haya liyahweh.
I only said that that fish was enough for Yahweh.
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