I first review the features of Merkabah Mysticism emerging from the Jewish Hekhalot literature. I then get into an open-minded, creative exploration of what I see as cinematic allusions to Merkabah motifs in Contact through a consideration of thematic and stylistic patterns. I graft onto the scholarly efforts to bring out deeper aspects of meaning-making in film using the discursive framework provided by biblical theology.
"Epiphany of the Throne-Chariot: Merkabah Mysticism and the Film Contact,"
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 9
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol9/iss1/2