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SS Botany Bay-library

The Holy Bible (second from the right) aboard the SS Botany Bay

For additional meanings of "Bible", please see Bible.

The Bible, sometimes called the Holy Bible, was a collection of ancient Earth writings usually bound together as a book. Laws pertaining to the Human rights of the accused were enumerated in the Bible. (TOS: "Court Martial")

The Bible is a sacred text in Christianity and Judaism, dealing extensively with the history of the latter, and Humanity's relation with one of the Human gods.

The Bible was a very influential book in Earth history and as such Humans used the word bible to describe works like the Vulcan Kir'Shara, and Chicago Mobs of the Twenties, the latter explicitly being described as the blueprint for the Iotians entire society moments before. (ENT: "Daedalus"; TOS: "A Piece of the Action")

The Gutenberg Bible, produced by Johannes Gutenberg, was a particularly notable printing, compared in importance to the Redstone missile and the Ford Model T by Berlinghoff Rasmussen. Flint possessed a Gutenberg Bible, among his collection of extremely rare books. (TNG: "A Matter of Time"; TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah")

In 2152, when Lieutenant Malcolm Reed asked Captain Jonathan Archer what made him think that the Suliban wouldn't come after Enterprise NX-01 once they found the Suliban stealth cruiser, Archer replied "Just like those old Bible movies, Malcolm. It wasn't written." (ENT: "Shockwave")

It was one of the legal authorities cited by Attorney-at-Law Samuel T. Cogley at Captain Kirk's general court martial in 2267. (TOS: "Court Martial")

A 20th century copy of the Holy Bible was among the small collection of books found aboard the SS Botany Bay. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

In 2374, Joseph Sisko recited a Bible verse to Benjamin Sisko, which surprised his son, as he had never known his father to quote from the Bible before. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")

Benny Russell encountered a preacher who used several Biblical quotes to help convince him to follow his dreams and to open people's eyes to the future of mankind. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")

Noted Biblical references Edit

Biblical figures Edit

Quotations and allusions Edit

Old Testament Edit

Genesis 1:1-31 
In 2285, Leonard McCoy, appalled by Project Genesis, stated "According to myth, the Earth was created in six days. Now, watch out: here comes Genesis, we'll do it for you in six minutes!" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
In 2377, the Doctor sardonically said to the leader of Iden's Rebellion, "And on the seventh day, Iden created Ha'Dara." (VOY: "Flesh and Blood")
Genesis 1:3 
The last words of Gideon Seyetik were, "Let there be light." (DS9: "Second Sight")
Genesis 1:26-27 
The Borg Queen discussed Seven of Nine's re-acquaintance with humanity and commented, "They've taken you apart and they've re-created you in their own image." (VOY: "Dark Frontier")
Genesis 3:23-24 
In 2267, Pavel Chekov claimed that "it must've made Adam and Eve very sad to leave" the Garden of Eden, which he inaccurately believed was located "just outside Moscow." (TOS: "The Apple")
In 2269, Spock commented on the irony that, like his Biblical namesake, Adam had been punished for eating fruit from "Eden". (TOS: "The Way to Eden")
In 2293, Spock kept an image of Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise in his USS Enterprise-A quarters. A depiction of the Biblical expulsion from Eden, this painting reminded Spock that all things must end. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
Genesis 5:21-27 
Flint claimed to be Methuselah. (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah")
Genesis 6:9-9:18 
The hologram Hippocrates Noah planned to flood the Earth, leaving only a few survivors to repopulate the planet. The Biblical Noah was also a survivor of a worldwide flood.
The script for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home mentioned Noah's Ark, but that reference did not make it on screen.
Genesis 11:1-9 
The planet Babel is a reference to the ancient city of Babel. The Bible regards this as the site where mankind started speaking many languages and divided into various nations. (TOS: "Journey to Babel")
Exodus 14:21 was alluded to in the script for DS9: "The Sword of Kahless", which describes Kor's raised hands towards the Bajoran wormhole as being like "Moses parting the Red Sea"..
Deuteronomy 8:3 
See Luke 4:3
Joshua 1:9 
" of good courage." - Preacher (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")
Judges 7:1-8:35 is referenced in the title of the episode TOS: "The Mark of Gideon". The planet had an overpopulation problem. Likewise, the biblical Gideon had too many soldiers and later had 70 sons.
1 Samuel 17:1-51 
In 2376, The Doctor on the USS Voyager determined that a pathogen had killed all the adult Borg drones on a cube in the Delta Quadrant. In showing the pathogen to Captain Kathryn Janeway and Tuvok, The Doctor remarked, "Behold! The David that slew our Goliath." (VOY: "Collective")
1 Samuel 17:35 
Jake Sisko used the expression, "We're going to beard the lion in its den." The saying originated from this verse combined with the passage at Daniel 6:1-28. (DS9: "In the Cards")
1 Kings 3:16-27 
In 2269, Kirk referenced an account of Solomon choosing between two women claiming to be the mother of a child after Spock chose between two Kirks. (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy")
1 Kings 10:1-13 
Trelane compared Uhura to the Queen of Sheba. (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos")
2 Chronicles 9:1-12 
See 1 Kings 10:1-13.
Job 19:23 
"Oh, that my words were now written! Oh, that they were printed in a book!" - Preacher (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")
Psalms 8:2 
"Out of the mouth of babes..." - James T. Kirk (TOS: "A Piece of the Action"; DS9: "What You Leave Behind")
Psalms 23:4 
"I fear no evil." - Benjamin Sisko (DS9: "Waltz")
Psalms 95:4 
"In His hands are the deep places of the Earth." - Dr. Ozaba (TOS: "The Empath")
Psalms 119:105 
"The light of the Lord is in his path." - Preacher (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")
The original title of TNG Season 3's episode "The Price" was "A Price Far Above Rubies", a reference to Proverbs 31:10 ("Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.")
Ecclesiastes 8:15 
"Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry." - commonly conflated with Isaiah 22:15 (q.v.) as "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die"; quoted by Julian Bashir and Quark (DS9: "The Reckoning")
Ecclesiastes 9:11 
"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to the intelligent, nor yet favor to men of knowledge; but time and chance happeneth to them all." (The title of DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong" references this verse)
Isaiah 11:6 
The title of "And the Children Shall Lead" is a paraphrase of this passage.
Isaiah 14:12 
McCoy compared Lucien to the biblical Lucifer. (TAS: "The Magicks of Megas-Tu")
Isaiah 22:13 
"Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die." - commonly conflated with Ecclesiastes 8:15 (q.v.) as "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die"; quoted by Julian Bashir and Quark (DS9: "The Reckoning")
"It is a time to celebrate, for tomorrow we all may die!" - Kurn (TNG: "Redemption II")
Isaiah 35:5 
"Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped." - Preacher (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")
Daniel 6:1-28 
In 2268, McCoy and Spock both referred to the account of Daniel and the lion's den during Kirk's capture by the Providers of Triskelion. (TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion") See also 1 Samuel 17:35.
Jonah 1:17-2:10 
In a log entry made by Lieutenant John Kelly of the Earth spaceship Ares IV in 2032, the lost astronaut remarked that he was beginning to feel like Jonah; Kelly remarked that he had been trapped in the vessel longer than Jonah was in the "belly of that whale". (VOY: "One Small Step")
In 2371, Kathryn Janeway said, "find yourself a seat with a good view, because just like Jonah and the whale, you're going in." (VOY: "The Cloud")
Haggai 2 
There was a corresponding Book of Haggai in the Omegan Bible, also containing two chapters. (TOS: "The Omega Glory")
In several places in the Bible, Israel is referred to as the Promised Land. When breaking McCoy out of his confinement to reunite Spock's katra with his body, Kirk delivered the message, "the Kobayashi Maru has set sail for the promised land", which the other understood to mean that one phase of their mission was successful. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

New Testament Edit

Matthew 4:4 
See Luke 4:3
Matthew 5:43 
While playing the role of a priest on the holodeck, The Doctor said, "Gentlemen, please! Love thy neighbor!" (VOY: "Fair Haven")
Matthew 6:28 
In 2268, Spock, quoting from the Sermon on the Mount, compared tribbles to "lilies of the field... they toil not, neither do they spin." (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles")
Matthew 8:26 
When assuring James T. Kirk that he could remember the four coordinate numbers Kirk gave him, Montgomery Scott chided Kirk, saying, "O ye of little faith." (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Matthew 13:45-46 
In 2268, Montgomery Scott related the parable of the Pearl of Great Price while referring to Gem's value to the Vians. (TOS: "The Empath")
Matthew 18:12 
Showing special attention to some overlooked crew members, Captain Janeway paraphrased this verse, "If even one sheep strayed into the wilderness, the shepherd left the safety of the flock and went after it." (VOY: "Good Shepherd")
Matthew 26:41 
In 2373, The Doctor, having been taken over by an evil personality caused by an unstable combination of various historical figures' personalities, says "The flesh is weak" to Kes. (VOY: "Darkling")
Matthew 27:24 
Origin of the phrase "Wash my hands of it." (TOS: "Dagger of the Mind")
Luke 4:3 
In 2268, Harry Mudd remarked that "Human beings do not survive on bread alone", slightly paraphrasing the words of Jesus Christ found in this verse and the parallel account at Matthew 4:3. These words were, in turn, a paraphrase of Moses' writing at Deuteronomy 8:3. (TOS: "I, Mudd")
Luke 4:23 
"Physician, heal thyself" - James T. Kirk (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan); Tom Paris (VOY: "Year of Hell")
John 3:3-8 
Regarding the expression "born again", Tom Paris said to B'Elanna, "One minute, you're in a coma, the next you're a born-again Klingon?" (VOY: "Barge of the Dead")
John 8:7 
"He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her". (The title of DS9: "Let He Who Is Without Sin..." is a variation of this verse)
John 8:32 
"The truth that shall set them free!" - Preacher (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars"), also referenced by Vic Fontaine in DS9: "Tears of the Prophets".
John 10:11 
Empathizing with this passage, Captain Janeway said, "Ever hear the tale of the Good Shepherd?" (VOY: "Good Shepherd")
John 11:1-12:17 
Flint claimed to be Lazarus. (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah")
1 Corinthians 13:12 
"For now we see through a glass, darkly". (The title of ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly" is an allusion to this verse; the same verse is quoted by Captain Picard in Star Trek Nemesis)
1 Corinthians 15:32 
"Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die." - quotation of Isaiah 22:13 (q.v.), commonly conflated with Ecclesiastes 8:15 (q.v.) as "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die"; quoted by Julian Bashir and Quark (DS9: "The Reckoning")
2 Timothy 4:7 
"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith." - Joseph Sisko (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")
Revelation 16:16 
Source of the term 'Armageddon'
Revelation 22:6 
"And he said to me, 'These words are trustworthy and true.' And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place." - Preacher (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")

Appendices Edit

Biblical references in episode titles Edit

Apocrypha Edit

  • The A Time to... novels reference Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 in their titles.

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