Sacred Schematics, or Ships and Sanctuaries
- Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (view group) , Rebecca Raphael
- Fans (Persons), Ezekiel (Biblical prophet), Bible. Ezekiel, Talmud
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- Star Trek, Jewish temple, Fan studies, Ezekiel
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- This paper compares the development of fictional ship schematics for the original Star Trek’s Enterprise to the scribal schematics of the Temple in two key biblical passages (1 Kings 6 and Ezekiel 40-44) and a Talmudic discussion of the Hall of the Hearth. By centralizing spatial construction over narrative or historicity, we can see some features of fan creative activity that are distinctive to spatiality. While a connection between these documents and actual structures (temple, spaceship) is both possible but not-currently-real, I argue that such passages have a similar blending of basic concepts, real structures, and sheer imaginal elaboration. As with the fan’s engagement with ship schematics, the scribe or exegete’s activity in Temple schematics finds a significant part of its value in the imaginal activity itself, which demands a deep attentiveness and opens on to imaginal independence from “real” places.
- Rebecca Raphael, "Sacred Schematics, or Ships and Sanctuaries," JIBS 3.2 (2021): 41-62.
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