Keith Ward, former Regius Professor of Divinity and head of the theology department at Oxford University, wrote a highly acclaimed five-volume series on comparative religions.
The camera pans down to reveal a large planet and its two moons. Suddenly, a tiny Rebel ship flies overhead, pursued, a few moments later, by an Imperial Star Destroyer—an impossibly large ship that nearly fills the frame as it goes on and on seemingly forever.
The effect is visceral and exhilarating.
This is, of course, the opening of Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hopearguably one of the most famous opening shots in cinema history, and rightfully so. Now compare this to the opening of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace It opens with some boring pilot asking for permission to land on a ship that looks like a half-eaten donut, with a donut hole in the middle.
The problem, though, is that it may not be the fairest of comparisons. In Menace, a Republic space cruiser flies through space towards the planet Naboo, which is surrounded by Trade Federation Battleships.
The captain requests permission to board.
On the viewscreen, an alien gives the okay. The space cruiser then flies towards a battleship and lands in a large docking bay. In the opening of Jedi, an Imperial Shuttle exits the main bay of a Star Destroyer and flies towards the Death Star, which looms over the forest moon of Endor.
The captain requests deactivation of the security shield in order to land aboard the Death Star. Inside the Death Star control room, a controller gives the captain clearance to proceed. The shuttle then flies towards the Death Star and lands in a large docking bay.
As you can see, there are some definite similarities between the two sequences.
And they both consist of a similar series of shots. But, at the same time, there are some clear differences between the sequences. Third, the screen direction is reversed. The Republic cruiser moves across the frame from left to right, the Imperial shuttle moves right to left.
Even some of the camera angles are reversed in a way. The cruiser enters the docking bay in a low-angle shot, the shuttle in a high-angle shot.Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: A Biblical and Scientific Critique of Young-Earth Creationism by Bruce L.
Gordon. History and Philosophy of Science, Houston Baptist University, USA & Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute, USA.
Although written many years apart The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Old Testament share similarities. One of the main similarities between The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Old Testament is they both feature a large flood. In The Epic of Gilgamesh the Gods become . The Epic of Gilgamesh is an ancient piece of literature written around B.C.E in ancient Mesopotamian.
It is considered to be one of the oldest written pieces of literature on earth. The Old Testament was written around B.C.E and is the foundation for two of the world’s largest religions; Christianity and Islam.
- Comparing the Gilgamesh and Genesis Floods The rendition of the historic, worldwide Flood recorded in Genesis of the Old Testament is similar to the account recorded on Tablet 11of the Sumero-Babylonian version of the epic of Gilgamesh, discovered in .
Kings of Assyria Assyria or Athura (Aramaic for Assyria) was a Semitic Akkadian kingdom, extant as a nation state from the late 25th or early–24th century BC to BC centred on the Upper Tigris river, in northern Mesopotamia (present day northern Iraq), that came to rule regional empires a number of times through history.
The Book of Genesis in the Old Testament and the Epic of Gilgamesh stories of the great flood as found on Genesis (chapter 7) and Gilgamesh (lines ) contain several striking similarities that are seen to have a common historical occurrence.