One Scene Wonder / Religion

  • Older Than Feudalism examples from The Bible:
    • Very little is actually written about St. Joseph of Nazareth, the husband and protector of the Virgin Mary and the adoptive father of Christ, and little is known of the past of this "just man". Still, his importance is well-recognized. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran faiths. In Catholic and other traditions, he is the patron saint of workers and has several feast days. In 1870, Pope Pius IX declared him to be the patron saint and protector of the Catholic Church.
    • Serah is a two-scene wonder. In Genesis she is listed among Jacob's descendents going down to Egypt—notably, she seems to be the only girl among more than fifty grandsons. Later the Book of Numbers lists the various clans who left Egypt and, instead of mentioning her descendents, simply says "and Serah was the daughter of Asher." This has led to the interpretation that she lived through the whole, centuries-long Egyptian diaspora and returned to the Holy Land, spawning Jewish legends of her being immortal. Later unnamed women in the Bible, such as the Wise Woman of Abel, are sometimes said to be Serah.
    • Dinah, Jacob's only known daughter. She only gets one scene wherein she is raped by the Schechemite prince and then avenged by her brothers, and it's not known what becomes of her afterwards.
    • From the Book of Esther, Xerxes' original queen, Vashti. Her only role is to refuse a summons to the banquet her husband was throwing (because, it is said, that he asked her to show up wearing only her crown) and to be subsequently divorced and deposed for it. (It is not known what happened to her afterwards.)
    • Another from the Book of Genesis: A Canaanite Priest King named Melchiezedek. He is noted for giving Abraham and Sarah some food and blessing them, and for acknowledging their God. Although it's not clear whether Melchiezedek was a true monotheist, or whether he merely worshipped El as the chief deity of a larger pantheon. He's sometimes considered to be an early stand-in for Jesus, especially since some deuterocanonical sources like the Dead Sea Scrolls portray him as a powerful angel, performing duties more commonly ascribed to Jesus (judging the dead) and Archangel Michael (battling Satan).
    • From the Book of Revelation come the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They're only in one chapter and get one line of description apiece, but they're the one thing everyone knows about the Christian end of the world.