What Star Wars Stole from the Bible

Samuel the Prophet’s ghost appears before Saul in Endor
  • The name Anakin comes from the race of giants called the Anakim (Deuteronomy 2:21, Joshua 15:14). It’s fitting that Goliath, whom David kills, is thought to be descended from the Anakim.
  • David sparing the life of Saul in the cave of Abdullah is mirrored with Luke hypothetically killing Vader (Luke fails a test by killing him) in the cave of Dagobah.
  • Saul’s massacre of the priests is mirrored by Anakin killing the Jedi.
  • Luke’s destruction of the Death Star mirrors David’s taking out Goliath with a well-aimed slingshot. The hero in both stories turns down the use of conventional weapons to rely on spiritual intuition to slay a giant. It is accomplished using a well-placed shot to its one weak point.
  • Both Saul and Vader die close to a location known as Endor. There is a Witch of Endor in the Bible and in the Star Wars universe.
  • The Emperor’s design is seemingly based on classic art’s rendering of the prophet Samuel here (the ghostly apparition of Samuel, conjured up by the Witch of Endor, is a kind of B.C. version of the hologram tech that is frequently used in Star Wars).
  • Princess Leia is possibly taken from Saul’s daughter Mychal. Like Leia, Mychal sides with the usurper farmboy against the ruling king, and although it may not have been planned at the time of the writing of the first Star Wars, Leia, like Princess Mychal, is the daughter of the First (Bad) King.
  • Yoda is Hebrew for wisdom and “Yoda speaks the way Hebrew would sound if translated word for word. For Hebrew, particularly in the Bible, is often written verb first, then either the direct object followed by the subject, or vice versa. Case in point, in Luke’s Jedi training, Yoda says to him: “Judge (verb) me (object) by my size, do you (subject)? Hmmm?”
  • Vader has lines of Hebrew written on his breastplate.
Hebrew written on Vader’s breastplate
  • Many of the names and cities in the original Star Wars sound Biblical. This isn’t the case for many of the names in the newest trilogy, which sound vaguely Irish (Poe, Rey, Finn).

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