BonanzaFilter (With a side of minor prophets)
January 24, 2017 12:10 PM   Subscribe

This is a long shot, but I have seen miracles here before. There was an episode of Bonanza, where Ben and some other people are doing something difficult (maybe travelling, or hauling logs, or shooting guns). One of the people doing this with him is named [minor prophet]. Ben turns to him in exasperation and says: "Why did your parents name you [minor prophet]? They should have named you Jeremiah!" Can anyone identify the prophet referenced, and what does Ben mean by this?
posted by bluejayway to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Jeremiah the prophet was kinda complainy; maybe the character was whining at Ben too much?
posted by Lucinda at 12:23 PM on January 24, 2017 [2 favorites]


Is it Jedediah Milbank from the episode entitled Springtime?
posted by carmicha at 12:31 PM on January 24, 2017


Did a quick google for "bonanza jeremiah ben" and hit this IMDB character quotes page, which includes:

"Bonanza: The Trail Gang (#2.11)" (1960)
Ben Cartwright: Hallelujah, will you tell me one thing? Why did your folks name you Hallelujah instead of Jeremiah?

So that might get you started...
posted by mean square error at 12:32 PM on January 24, 2017 [3 favorites]


Here's a synopsis of The Trail Gang.
posted by carmicha at 12:34 PM on January 24, 2017


and that ep. may be over here on YouTube.
...ugh...must...not...watch...episode...instead of ...doing work....
posted by mean square error at 12:34 PM on January 24, 2017 [1 favorite]


Jeremiah the prophet was kinda complainy; maybe the character was whining at Ben too much?

I was gonna ask the same as "jeremiad" is named after that prophet.
posted by griphus at 12:42 PM on January 24, 2017


and that ep. may be over here on YouTube.

Scene at 12:10 or so.

The joke is that Hallelujah is an expression of joy, but this guy is a jerk and downer, which is more in keeping with Jeremiah, whose prophecy largely involved telling the Israelites that they were awful and would be deservedly destroyed for not living up to their religious obligations.
posted by Copronymus at 12:44 PM on January 24, 2017 [5 favorites]


Jeremiah is traditionally considered the author of Book of Lamentations, which would fit with the complainy idea.
posted by FencingGal at 12:49 PM on January 24, 2017 [1 favorite]


Thanks all! 22 minutes to track it down, 44 minutes to have it all explained and wrapped in a bow. Miracles abound!
posted by bluejayway at 12:56 PM on January 24, 2017 [2 favorites]


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