[b-hebrew] 'All I said was, "That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah."'
uhurwitz at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 25 12:09:00 EST 2008
'All I said was, "That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah."'
The question was how to translate this into biblical Hebrew:
"kol asher amarti: hadag hazeh tov hayah b'eynei elohim"
Not a literal translation, but gives the sense of the original.
The best Hebrew translation of Hamlet , and there were a few
at the time - was done by the poet A. Shlonsky who reputedly did
not know a word of English.
Now towards the end of second temple days the language was more
Mishnaic, and the approximate translation:
"Kol sheamarti: dag zeh day tov hayah lamakom".
See note above; also "hamakom" (ha-maqom) is one of the divine
names in late Hebrew; could have been Hakadosh Barukh Hu.
Uri Hurwitz Great Neck, NY
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