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*Spoiler Alert:  You may not want to read this posting if you've not yet seen the latest Star Trek movie.

I'd like to share some theological symbolism I've observed in Star Trek, both in general, and specifically with the latest Star Trek movie.

At one time, I thought of Vulcans as symbolic of oriental peoples and customs.  But as I've looked at the Jewish aspect and origins of my faith, I've looked at Star Trek from another light as well...

Sound crazy?  Well, did you realize that both Leonard Nimoy (the original Spock) and William Shatner (the original Captain James Tiberias [Tiberias being a lake in Israel] Kirk) are both Jewish?  Did you know that the hand sign that accompanies "live long and prosper" came from something that Jewish priests of old would do with their hands to form a Hebrew letter that symbolizes God?  Put two "live long and prosper" signs together (folding in the thumbs so you can't see them from your perspective) and you get something that looks like a "W."  This looks like three points that are part of one whole but that's another analysis for another time...

Specifically for this new movie:

-Vulcans:  Jews of today

-Romulans:  Arabs of today.  Close related in common ancestry (Abraham.)  Not all Romulans are bad just as not all of any type of person are bad.  However, the bad guys in the movie are radical and violent and I think symbolize radical Islam.

-Spock/Kirk partnership and bond:  Jew and Gentile bond that exists in many places but particularly in America. 

-Spock:  How any Jewish child of today might feel if his or her parents were a Jew/Gentile marriage.  Spock is partnered with Kirk and the Federation.  Although he yearns to help establish the Vulcan remnant/refugees, he also feels his place is here for now and that his place here and now is for the greater good of Vulcans and all life.  Additionally, Spock could depict how a Jewish person who accepts Yeshua (Jesus) as messiah might feel.

-The red matter which was made by Vulcans and transported in a ship from the future piloted by Spock:  The Jewish faith.  Meant for the eventual good of all people but hi-jacked and used for the destruction of Spock, the Vulcans, and the Federation/Earth.

Although everything that is Star Trek can't be fit into such an analysis, I do believe that at least a part of what I have observed was intentional.  What's so cool is that just as Vulcans and the Federation now partner together, the link between Jew and Gentile was not meant to assimilate the two types of people or to take away their uniqueness but to bring them into unity within "The One."  This unity doesn't exclude Romulans or Ferringhi or anyone else.  It's everyone linked together as one.

Won't that be a great day?  Live long and prosper...


James head




James Matthews

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