If a word doesn’t feel right, please let me know.
I will search for a better one.
“Why didn’t Elijah speak Biblical English?”
The fun1 I use modern American English. Since not one critic agrees with me, I have a little fun. answer? Because his parents didn’t teach it to him.
I took the DeLorean back to 877 BC and tapped Elijah on the shoulder.
Were you expecting him to say, “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand…”? 2Admit it. You were hoping for, “I don’t care what your name is fatso, get your reindeer off my roof.”
Sorry. What Elijah really said was, כמו אלוהים, אלוהים של ישראל, חי, אשר אני משרתת, לא יהיה טל ולא גשם בשנים הקרובות למעט המילה שלי.
But thats modern Hebrew from 1 Kings 17:1. Check out the ancient Hebrew on this piece of pottery. Elijah’s words as written in his day might have looked like something from Woodstock in the old Peanuts comic strip.
The earliest form of English was created about a thousand years after Elijah from a set of North Sea Germanic dialects along the coasts of Frisia, Lower Saxony, Jutland, and Southern Sweden by tribes known as the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes. People Elijah never met.
So, I write in modern English.