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Is this Yoda hidden in a medieval manuscript? Biblical character painted in 14th century book resembles Star Wars hero

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A green-skinned figure in a medieval manuscript may look very familiar to Star Wars fans.
The ink illustration appears to show the Jedi knight Yoda on the pages of a religious document.
But in fact, the drawing is part of a bizarre representation of the Biblical story of Samson, one expert claims.
The drawing shows a cloaked creature with long, spiky hands and protruding pointy ears - just like the fantasy character.
‘The Yoda image comes from a 14th century manuscript known as the Smithfield Decretals,’ British Library curator Julian Harrison told MailOnline.
‘I'd love to say that it really was Yoda, or was drawn by a medieval time traveller, but it's actually an illustration to the biblical story of Samson — the artist clearly had a vivid imagination!’ the curator of the museum’s medieval manuscripts blog said.
But he had two vulnerabilities - his attraction to untrustworthy women and his hair, without which he became weak and powerless.According to the biblical account, Samson was given supernatural strength by God in order to combat his enemies and perform heroic acts such as killing a lion, slaying an entire army with only the jawbone of an ass and destroying a pagan temple.
These vulnerabilities ultimately proved fatal for him in the story of Samson and Delilah.
However, it’s not clear which character ‘Yoda’ is meant to be in the tale.
Dr Harrison said it is simply a whimsical addition to the page, which also includes other strange human-animal hybrids.
The manuscript that appears to bear the sci-fi character’s image is also known as the ‘Decretals of Gregory IX with gloss of Bernard of Parma’ and was painstakingly written and illustrated in France between 1300 and 1340, NPR reported.
So the biblical character, or ‘Yoda’ made his appearance in a collection of papal letters and church decrees in the precious volume, which can be viewed in its entirely online


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