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MayorOfCydonia
06-12-2016, 04:35 PM
The story of this game is based on something in real world philosophy. If you thought the name Jenovah sounds a little too similar to Jehovah, that's because it is. http://www.deoproximo.com/#!video-game-metaphors-/c16eh

Wolf Kanno
06-14-2016, 05:29 AM
I'm not sure I would say FFVII has much Gnostic inspired elements to it, hell even the Kabbalah reference is more surface and less important to the games general themes.

Jenova's name is also not a mistranslated of Jehovah, but rather the combining of two words, Jehovah (God) and Nova (Latin word for new) so Jenova is meant to refer to New God. Course the anti-Jehovah element may stem, from Japan's rather messy history with Catholicism and Christianity in general as opposed to the Gnostics trying to reconcile the serious personality change God goes through between the Old (God of Law) and New Testaments (God of Love). Though I guess one could argue that Jenova being mistaken for a true Ancient is partially inspired by the role of the Demiruge in Gnostic teaching.

Saber
06-14-2016, 08:17 AM
I wish people would come to my door asking if I knew Jenova or have heard of Sephiroth. I would let them in and show them my save file.

Fynn
06-14-2016, 08:40 AM
FFVII has nothing on Xenogears in that regard. Funnily enough, Xenogears was supposed to be FFVII, so maybe stuff from that game rubbed off on FFVII?

crashNUMBERS
06-20-2016, 08:36 PM
great first post. your cool accuracy is at 100% right now