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