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Re: A weird answer (was: a weird question...)

From:Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...>
Date:Monday, September 20, 1999, 5:40
On Sun, 19 Sep 1999, Thomas R. Wier wrote:

> alypius wrote: > > > Are you familiar with various Protestant sects that teach the docrine of > > "British Israelism" or "Anglo-Israelism," the teaching that the Brits are > > descendents of the 10 "lost" tribes of Israel? Among other evidence, they > > claim that "Saxons" is derived from "[I]saac's sons" and that Brit-ish is > > from a Hebrew phrase (b'rith + ish) meaning "covenant man." Anyone who has > > a superficial acquaintance with linguistics, history, and anthropology > > realizes this must be a coincidence, however surprising, but that still > > leaves a large reservoir of potential converts. > > This reminds of the (in)famous phrase once used by some > American pastor whose name escapes me at the moment in favor > of English only legislation: "If English is good enough for Jesus, > it's good enough for us.". >
I've seen it (in one of the letters of Dorothy L. Sayers) attributed to an English lady about Saint Paul... I think it would have been a widespread sentiment in 19th century ;-). Boudewijn Rempt |