Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XIII Chapters 6 and 7 — 3 Comments

  1. That’s an intriguing break from the theology there.

    Jesus explicitly has brothers mentioned in the Bible; some commentators claimed they were either step-brothers or half-brothers (sons of Joseph from a previous marriage or Mary’s later children) but Jesus having sons in Mallory’s time is a new one on me.

    Heck, even Kevin Smith in Dogma made Jesus a distant uncle.

    • I really don’t see how to interpret Malory’s words differently. Launcelot is eight generations out, his son is nine generations out; he’s explicitly talking about a father-son line of descent.

      In Dogma she was called “the last scion,” which I took to indicate that in early drafts of the script she was directly descended from Jesus, but during production someone decided that declaring He had children was a bridge too far.

      Sort of like how Paramount said TNG could go ahead and produce “the Outcast,” but that they had to cast female actors as the genderless aliens. The one Riker falls in love with was originally intended to played by a male actor, but the studio didn’t want to deal with letter bombs.

      • The Free Dictionary defines scion as “descendant or heir” so I’d figure that could cover heir of an uncle.

        My problem with Dogma was that the claimed Jesus’ brothers were cut out of the Bible, when they’re explicitly in there. But, of course, the term “brother” can be ambiguous, and I’m not sure what the original Greek said.

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