The Mandalorian Season 3, Episode 1 was a fun 30-minutes, that saw our titular hero set off on the path of redemption after willingly removing his helmet. With Grogu by his side, audiences are captivated by what will happen next in their journey. “Chapter 17: The Apostate” didn’t disappoint, and fans watched as Din Djarin presented The Armorer with an ancient stone tablet bearing Mandalorian text, known as Mando’a, in a bid to carve out his path for forgiveness, and rediscover the mines of Mandalore.
Now that the Disney Plus series has returned, veteran Star Wars fans are keeping their eyes peeled for any exciting Easter Eggs, or moments that they can dig a little deeper into. The presentation of that Mandalorian stone tablet, enscribed with Mando’a text, allowed one person on Reddit a perfect opportunity to look beneath the surface.
What did the ancient Mandalorian stone tablet say in Season 3, Episode 1?
Reddit user u/GeneralAnubis was the first to point out that when the Mando’a text is translated from the ancient Mandalorian tablet, you are left with an extract from the Bible. More precisely, you are left with parts of Exodus 10:5-6, KJV (King James Version).
The Redditor provided the English translation for the Mando’a text, and the Bible extract, with the bolded parts of the translation as the letters and words which can be deciphered:
And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field:
And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh.
Exactly why a Bible verse is carved in Mando’a on a stone tablet is not clear. The religious themes found woven throughout Star Wars have never been so explicitly linked to Christianity, and so it is likely that this was done simply as an Easter Egg for those willing to do the translation.
The Mandalorian Season 3 continues Wednesdays, exclusive to Disney Plus subscribers.