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Star Wars and Biblical Oral History

January 16, 2010

The other day, my friend Zack Jackson reacquainted me with a Star Wars fan film of biblical importance. In the clip, Joe Nicloski’s friend Amanda recounts the original Star Wars trilogy without having seen them straight through. The results are both humorous and useful for teaching the Bible.

The clip works well at showing the variations that can exist in oral history. Star Wars is the closest thing we have to a mytho-poetic epic in contemporary culture. It is obvious that Amanda has the wide outline of the story, but the details are distorted. The results are analogous to what we would expect of the average ancient Israelite and the traditions in the cultural ether (e.g. the Enuma Elish).

I’m not sure if I’ll be using the clip this semester, but it might be useful for some.

  1. January 16, 2010 5:12 pm

    haha. i enjoyed that. the lassie did quite well except she jumbled up empire and rotj. she knew nearly all the characters too.
    well done.

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  3. January 16, 2010 9:07 pm

    that zack jackson. what a wonderful guy. haha

  4. January 16, 2010 9:45 pm

    I was just thinking about searching for something like this the other day. I was thinking of texts, but students will like this even better. Thanks!

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