Bible + Pop Culture + Humor = the twisted mind of a McKinley

I think I’ve finally figured it out.

My wife is eagerly awaiting the new instalment of the Twilight film franchise.  She loves them.  I enjoy them myself, but give me Indiana Jones or a super hero flick over Twilight any day.  But again… I have seen them, and something struck me just the other day, that caused me to do some humorous thinking (not to mention post this little blog).

It came to me as I was preparing our Sunday sermon… You see; I’ve been preaching through the Book of Genesis, and over the last few weeks we’ve gone over chapters 25 – 27 – which just so happen to be dealing with the characters of Jacob and Esau.  And I have come to believe that the author of the Twilight series was heavily influenced by this biblical story.  In-fact, one of the characters in the books and films is named “Jacob.”

Here’s what we’ve got… in the biblical account there are Jacob and Esau.  Esau is described as “hairy.”  He is a manly man, and the strong, out-doors type.  He is a creature of voracious appitites, and driven by his carnal nature. The biblical  Jacob is… I wouldn’t say effeminate, but he is “less manly” than Esau.  He is described as a “man of the tents,” meaning that he was more concerned with the affairs of the estate and what was happening around him.  But he is also one who gets in the way of Esau and ends up stealing what he wants (the birthright).

So what has been done in the Twilight film is that you have two young (or at least they appear that way) men.  One’s name starts with an “E” (Edward not Esau) and the other is named Jacob.  One is older than the other, but then the roles are reversed.  The Twilight Jacob is the hairy one (he’s a werewolf), and he’s got the appetites of the biblical Esau.  Edward is by far “less manly” than Jacob, and he’s a brooding sort who is concerned with what’s going on around him and such, whereas Jacob is the strong, out-doorsy type who lives for the moment.

Again; the roles are reversed as it is the Twilight Jacob who is trying to sneak in and steal the girl from Edward, whereas the biblical Jacob stole the birthright and blessing from Esau.

Now it’s quite possible that I read all of this into the film, and that the author of the books had no intention or even an inkling of doing this… but it is a pretty amazing coincidence.  Regardless, it’s a good formula for a successful novel…

Just think about it.  You take a Biblical story line, modernize it, change a few details like the names of the characters and you all of a sudden have a best seller.

Some examples might include:

The stroy of David is changed to the stroy of a U.S. President.  His name is Daniel.  He begins as a soldier or CIA opperative (ala Jack Ryan), and serves under a twisted, cruel, or incompetent POTUS (the Saul character).  He eventually becomes President after a series of trials, and is a good POTUS, but not without his flaws (an adulterous affair), and he pays heavy consequinces for his sins.

The stroy of Samson could be made into a super-hero film.  Where you have this incredibly powerful main character with un-matched super powers, but also flaws galore.  The part of the Philistines would have to change to some secret society or something along those lines, with plans of world domination, and our hero continually thwarts them, while at the same time, is a self serving ego maniac.  But finally he is betrayed by someone he loved (the Delilah role), but in the end, he sacrifices himself to save the world.

You could do this with any biblical character… you could set Jonah in a war setting (say WWII), where he is a strongly nationalistic soldier for one side, and his beloved country is about to wipe out his hated enemies with a thermo-nuclear device, but for some reason (maybe because of the loss of civilian life) he goes to his hated enemies and warns them…

Daniel could be set in a post-apocalyptic, Mad-Max type setting…

On and on it goes.

Yup, I think I’m on to something here… I had best get to writing.


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