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January 7, 2002

Check it out: our first submission. Send us more, everyone. We're not nearly crushed enough under the horrible horrible weight of all of your collective ponderings.

Mike Steder ( writes:

I'm only submitting this for review by larger brains.

I was reading through the halo story page, not being lucky enough to be playing the game on an xbox, and I found it semi-interesting that " 'Master Chief' had his name changed to John-117". It sounded suspiciously like John 1:17, so I dug around in the Bible.

In "The Revelation of St. John the Divine": Chapter 1: Verse 17: (revelation 1:17) -> "And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
(verse 18 - 20 also seemed applicable)
-> 18: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
-> 19: Write the things which thou hast seen and things which are, and things which shall be hereafter; (well maybe not 19, :-))
-> 20: The myster of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

I know I'm reaching, but I still thought the 17 and 18 verse powerful and seemed to appeal to the spirit of the character.

Postscript: I'm by no means a scholar of religion so hopefully you will understand if I seem clueless.

Mike Steder

Halo abounds with religious connections (particularly to the Bible), and while this is certainly not the first to be noticed, it's a rather large one. Often, when authors REALLY want to thump something into you, they'll use character's name's as a way of doing it-not only is "John" in itself biblical, these references to certain verses in the Bible draw an even closer correlation.
†††It will be very interesting to see what other ties Halo has to various religious texts. Send your thoughts on Mr. Steder's connections, and send in any other religious connections you've caught (be they in the game, the book, the poem, the Cortana letters, the transmissions, or any other medium in which the story of Halo has appeared).
†††Of course...this does put a damper on my Master Chief=Elvis theory...oh well. It was bound to happen sooner or later, I supposed. It doesn't bother me, really. I swear. No, really.

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