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SS Botany Bay-library

The Holy Bible (second from the right) found 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. Among its contents was talk of Human rights. (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.

A very influential book in Earth history, 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 the 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")

Samuel T. Cogley had a Bible in his library in 2267, which he described as a work dealing with rights. (TOS: "Court Martial") A 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)
Genesis 3:23-24 
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")
Deuteronomy 8:3 
See Luke 4:3
Joshua 1:9 
"...be of good courage." - Preacher (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")
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")
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 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")
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 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")
Jonah 1:17-2:10 
In 2371, Kathryn Janeway made a reference to Jonah and the fish. (VOY: "The Cloud")
Haggai 2 
There was a corresponding Book of Haggai in the Omegan Bible, also containing two chapters. (TOS: "The Omega Glory")
Furthermore, the script for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home mentioned Noah's Ark, but that reference did not make it on screen.

New Testament Edit

Matthew 4:4 
See Luke 4:3
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 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")
Luke 4:3 
In 2268, Harry Mudd remarked that "Man cannot live on bread alone", quoting from 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 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 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 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")

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