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Friday, December 16, 2011

Indiana Jones and the missal translation


- Indy helps his father drink from the cup of a carpenter, the holy grail

I've been checking old movies out of the library and the latest is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. When I got to the part where the bad guy so disastrouslyy chooses what he believes is the holy grail - a jewel-studded gold chalice, instead of a simple ceramic cup - I was reminded of the cup to chalice change in the new missal and couldn't help thinking Vox Clara had 'chosen poorly' :) but I'm getting ahead of myself. As we all know .....

Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is asked by the wealthy Walter Donovan to help him find the holy grail ...



through the use of a tablet which describes where the grail lies ....



and a manuscript which describes the knight who guards the grail.



Indy agrees to help so that he can find his father, a medieval scholar and the original investigator, now missing.



With the aid of his dad's grail notebook ...



Indy is able to decipher the clues in a stained glass window in Venice ....



and eventually finds his dad and the location of the grail (actually Al Khazneh in the city of Petra).



There Indy and Walter Donovan vie to choose the true grail from a host of options. Donovan chooses an elaborate gilded chalice, saying that it's truly the cup of the king of kings .....



But, as the knight guarding the grail comments after Donovan is horribly vaporized upon drinking from his chalice, "He has chosen poorly." Indy instead chooses a simple ceramic cup, one that would have belonged to a carpenter ....



and he and his father drink from it, gaining eternal life :)


4 Comments:

Blogger Dina said...

Ha, great post!
Yes, long live simplicity.

1:46 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Dina :)

1:39 PM  
Blogger Deacon Denny said...

I DO love that movie. I also like the part where Indi has to "make a leap of faith" and step out, when it seems nothing is there to hold him up. I can't see how that would actually work in practice, but it makes for a good little movie twist.

6:39 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Denny,

I liked that part too - he was really scared but did it anyway, to save his dad :)

8:53 PM  

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