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

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Fri Jan 25 09:00:35 EST 2008


Nice try, Yitzhak, except that in Mishanaic times they probably would have 
avoided vocalizing "YHWH".

Yigal Levin


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Yitzhak Sapir" <yitzhaksapir at gmail.com>
To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2008 3:20 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] That piece of halibut was good enough for YHWH


> 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.
>
> Yitzhak Sapir
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