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"Son of David" just a metaphorEdit

Is this whole article based on the line, "McCoy, Leonard H. Son of David", from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock? If so, I think we're taking that line far, far too literally. He's clearly saying "son of David", as in the Biblical David, not saying his father was actually named David. It's a joke. He's mirroring T'Lar's litany of Sarek ("child of Skon, child of Solkar") thing by alluding to the Old Testamentl penchant for giving long lineages proving someone an actual "son of David". And he's making a little reference to Jesus' title as "son of David" because he, himself, is about to help someone rise from the dead. It's a metaphorical reference only. No script in Star Trek ever says that McCoy's father is actually named "David McCoy".

McCoy's use of the term is consistent with his occasional expressions of Judeo-Christian imagery as expressed in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (where he is the first to reason that V'Ger is essentially looking for God), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (the Biblical Genesis) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (where he arguably issues a genuine prayer, but Spock reduces it to a quotation from Shakespeare).

I'm not strongly religious myself, nor am I trying to impose a Judeo-Christian view of Star Trek, but it's I think hard to miss that McCoy has been written with a touch of respect for the, as he puts it in Star Trek II, "myth" of Judeo-Christianity.

Here's one well-referenced essay from a Christian scholar describing the connotations of the phrase, "Son of David".

Another point to consider: In McCoy's father's lone appearance, he was credited as "McCoy's father", not "David McCoy". (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier) CzechOut | 17:58, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

That is a very interesting point. However, unless we have evidence that the line was meant to be a metaphorical joke, we'll have to assume that what McCoy said was true: He is "McCoy, Leonard H., son of David." That said, maybe a quick background note saying that it may have been a metaphor is in order. --From Andoria with Love 01:24, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

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