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    obadiah ...

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    A certain guy tells a lady that Cromwell's men came to this village in the past. He says:

    They came. Twelve of them, under a Sergeant with
    one of those Biblical phrases for a name, not quite
    Obadiah bind-their-kings-with-chains”, but something
    very much akin.

    Does "for a name" mean they came proclaiming a biblical phrase or maybe this phrase was written on something?

    What does "Obadiah" mean?
    Last edited by GUEST2008; 19-May-2011 at 13:45.

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    Re: obadiah ...

    Cromwell was a Puritan. Most Puritans used Biblical names like Obadiah (a prophet), but some used names like the ones you can find here.

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    Re: obadiah ...

    So it would mean:

    Obadiah (we want you to) bind their kings with chains?

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    Re: obadiah ...

    No, not really. "Obadiah-bind-their-kings-with-chains" is a name for a person. It's not a real name -- the author made it up in order to parody the Puritan style of naming people. As you can see in the link, there was a real person whose name was If-Christ-had- not-died-for- thee-thou-hadst- been-damned, like my name is Milena. "If Christ had not died for thee thou hadst been damned" is a quotation from the Bible and Puritans would use such quotations as names. "Bind their kings with chains" is also a quotation from the Bible, and the author imagined it might also be a name of a Puritan. It would be an appropriate name, because Puritans opposed the king. As you know, king Charles I was executed by Cromwellians.

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    Re: obadiah ...

    Ok, I see. It is someone's name.

    So the phrase "for a name" in the quoted text means that one of those 12 guys was called "Obadiah bind ..."?

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    Re: obadiah ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Ok, I see. It is someone's name.

    So the phrase "for a name" in the quoted text means that one of those 12 guys was called "Obadiah bind ..."?
    The quotation says that the sergeant had a biblical name. It wasn't "Obadiah bind...", but something similar.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 19-May-2011 at 14:41. Reason: typo

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