Thanks to buggyrcobra for the inspiration!
I’ve noticed quite recently some parallels between the plot and setting of FF12 and history, particularly the ancient history of the Levant and Israel. Firstly, and probably most obviously, the Kingdom of Dalmasca is probably a stand-in for Damascus, since they are both cities surrounded by desert and is kinda Middle Eastern. Also, one other thing I discovered was that the Judge Magisters are probably in reference to the Book of Judges in the Old Testament. The Book of Judges describes a period of Israelite history between the settlement of the land and the Monarchy and involves people, sort of like local heroes, who were known as the Judges who were military leaders rather than judges/magistrates in the modern world. This is strikingly similar to the Judges in FF12 who are powerful soldiers/military leaders who serve the Empire. Has anyone else noticed this and has anything more to add to the theory? I don’t know FF12 from back to front, so I don’t know all the details, but I thought this was quite interesting.
An interesting reversal of this theory would be that while the Book of Judges “covers the time between the conquest described in the Book of Joshua and the establishment of a kingdom in the Books of Samuel, during which Biblical judges served as temporary leaders”; the Judges in Final Fantasy XII were more or less in their position for life, or until they died.
Also, while “the judge delivers the Israelites from oppression and they prosper, but soon they fall again into unfaithfulness and the cycle is repeated”, these Judges are an arm of the Empire and the oppressors themselves.
The Judges were to uphold the sovereignty of the empire; the Biblical Judges fought against the idea of a human ruler in favor for God alone.
But interesting parallels include Beings which guided the course of history and men who would later rebel. In Judges, the unfaithful eventually turn to Yahweh (i.e. God) to help deliver them from their enemies. Did Man call out to the Occuria to save them from the Lucavi after they run amok?
Maybe they forgot about the Occuria. If they haven’t, and if you know the events of the story, you’ll know that the Occuria didn’t listen.