Sunday, February 17, 2008

Yoda?


Which version of the Bible has "Yoda," and where?


(Note: my obsessive sense of fairness drives me to admit that this is a trick question, and it does reflect my high estimation of the perverse intelligence of my readers.)
UPDATE: well, you-all have labored hard and faithfully (and fun-ly). It's high time for me to deliver. Now, remember: I said it was "a trick question."

"Yoda" is found in the Greek text of Luke 3:26 — τοῦ Μάαθ τοῦ Ματταθίου τοῦ Σεμεῒν τοῦ Ἰωσὴχ τοῦ Ἰωδὰ

That last name is more often transliterated as "Joda" (NAS, ESV, CSB, etc.).

But any Greeky guy or gal could tell you it's really... "Yoda."

Have fun with you I did. Hard you tried.

But last laugh, I had.


28 comments:

Kaffinator said...

Prolly not in the Septuagint but close :)

Rob Mellen Jr. said...

Most likely the NKJV and he's reading it, not in it!!!

rebecca said...

Does it have a yoda, or does it have "not an yoda"? That is my question.

The Doulos said...

I'm thinking it may be in the KLV somewhere. that's the Klingon Language Version.

Yes, I know that I'm mixing galactic metaphors here, so to speak. Forgive me, the force is strong with this one...

DJP said...

Kaffinator barks, or percs, in the right general direction.

No Rob, not that sneaky. (And I'd bet Yoda would be a TNIV man, er, person.)

Very clever, Rebecca, but no.

Doulos — that's it!! (Not really.)

Kaffinator said...

WISE Yoda is, mmmm, yes. As for other religious connections to Yoda, I once heard Yoda's head was modeled after the beloved LDS prophet Spencer W Kimball, but in truth it was probably just a coincidence.

PS my wife and I tried the DD coffee (medium roast; I didn't see a dark roast at Slaveway). I disclaim: we are really super picky and we like our coffee s-t-r-o-n-g. So even with a bit extra in the pot it seemed a tad weak, and we picked up too much acid overbite on the back end. Seriously? We both imagined it better with a quick donut chaser. Alas we had no donuts on hand.

Our morning brew remains: San Francisco Bay French Roast. Aggressive smack-ya-in-between-the-eyes start, earthy and dark in the middle, and a clean finish. I admit to dolling it up with different flavored creamers, which it stands up to just fine. The best part, available cheap as dirt in 5lb bags at Costco.

Theophilus said...

Here's my guess:

Matthew 5:18 (English Standard Version)

18For truly, I say to you,(A) until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Iota = Yoda?
you DID say trick question.

CA RN to Honduras Missionary said...

Hmmm...not going to even attempt to stand up to the witty comments above - just acknowledge the AWESOME pizza! Erin

Johnny Dialectic said...

Do the olives on the pizza represent sin?

BugBlaster said...

Clearly the olives represent olive oil, and the pizza commemorates the anointing of iota.

DJP said...

Kaffinator — I'm truly sorry if you were disappointed. Was it ground? I only know DD this way: beans, fresh-ground, then brewed.

I, too, like my coffee very strong. This coffeemaker has a max of 10 cups, and I drink about 8 in the morning. With every other bean, I set it to brew for 10 (so as to get more grounds), AND grind some extra — just to get it strong enough. Including Costco beans.

But I have found DD to be the only one so far so flavorful that today I tried the straight 10 setting with no extra, and am really loving it.

Palates differ, and mine may not be as sophisticated as yours.

(BTW, a coworker had me use some of Star$$$ featured beans-o-the-month, of which I don't remember the name. It was surprisingly good. My mouth was happy for hours. But no way I'm paying $12 for 8oz.)

DJP said...

Ah, got it. It's S$$'s "Black Apron" coffee, Colombia Nariño El Tambo. $24/lb.

Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent.

Judah said...

I'm guessing it is in the Hebrew Bible and it is some variant form of the verb yada ("know").

In the Hophal imperfect and Hiphil imperfect, 1-yod verbs strengthen the yod in the stem to a waw.

I'm not sure where it is found...

DJP said...

Intelligent guess! But I don't think there are many (any?) Hoph`al imperfects of yada`.

And wrong testament, wrong language.

I'm not being quite that devious — but close!

Stefan said...

Dan, did you miss Theophilus' answer? I'm with him.

Or if there's a Hebrew translation of the New Testament out there which renders "iota" in Matthew 5:18 as "yod" (יוֹד) with a superscript "aleph" (א), then that would yield "yoda" when transliterated. Of course, I might be overanalyzing things just a tad....

(BTW, copying and pasting Hebrew text in the midst of Roman characters is bewilderingly infuriating.)

DJP said...

Theophilus' is basically the same as Rebecca's, which I already responded to, and still no. Very clever, but no.

dec said...

Yoda out of Egypt

dec said...

ASV (1901)
The 'Yoda-Speak' Version

Stefan said...

Dan:

This is not the answer, but you might appreciate this:

W. Hall Harris III (DTS): "What does Yoda have to do with Bible translation?"

dac said...

Stef-

No, Dan is not going to like that. He sees the NET as the "not excellent translation"

Stefan said...

Dan: If the syntax is Yodaesque and your question should be, "Which version of the Bible has 'a Yod,' and where?" Then the answer is HCSB, Psalm 119:73.

DAC: I meant because the guy's from DTS, not because he's an NET guy. ;)

rebecca said...

Well, now I'm officially stumped.

Stefan said...

Or is there a 21st-century dynamic equivalent translation in which Samuel or Nathan addresses David as "Yo, David!"? That, then, would be the answer.

DJP said...

I've updated the post to include the answer. Such as it is.

Thanks for playing!

(c;

Kaffinator said...

Arrrgh. And the whole time I thought it was simply Hebrew for "Wise one". So you got me too. I haven't learned Greek and probably never will, the temptation would be FAR to strong to play semantic word games instead of just READ AND OBEY THE TEXT. Maybe once I get that gig down I'll think about original languages...

And on the DD coffee--yes, ground the beans just before brewing. Don't sweat it though. Palates do differ but ... Dan ... if you're trying to say my palete is sophisticated? Dem's fightin words!

And...for $24/lb, a coffee is going to have to wake me up AND get the paper for me. And maybe rub my feet.

Carlo said...

I really thought you were completely joking.

DJP said...

I seldom completely joke.

Gilbert said...

Yoda pizza. Mmmm. Say, do I see a faint cheese and pizza sauce stain on that sword? Is THAT what you use to cut your Merciless Pizza(tm)?!?

("Merciless Pizza" would be an utter hit here in the Midwest. You should open a chain of pizza parlors.)