April 12, 2021


'Canon'--the body of work designated as genuine, sanctioned, important or official--is a concept that intersects fandoms and religions. In this episode, we discuss all things canon including: Star Trek's nebulous official and unofficial approaches to a canon; the historical formation the Jewish canon; challenges to the Western literary canon and the relationship between those critiques and problematic parts of Star Trek; and the in-universe approach that Trek characters have to religious canons. Reb Alert guests Lex Rofeberg of the podcast Judaism Unbound, talking about the limits and challenges of a canon, new approaches to a Jewish canon, and the relationship between canons and power.

HSHW: ENT Awakening; DSC New Eden


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