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The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized

(Anchor Bible Reference Library)

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In a perplexing passage from the Gospel of John, Jesus is likened to the most reviled creature in Christian symbology: the snake. Attempting to understand how the Fourth Evangelist could have made such a surprising analogy, James H. Charlesworth has spent nearly a decade combing through the vast array of references to serpents in the ancient world—from the Bible and other ...more
Hardcover, 744 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Yale University Press (first published February 17th 2010)
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It was one of the most thought provoking books I've ever read. You'll never look at the Garden of Eden story the same again. The author, who is one of the world's best biblical scholars, concludes that serpent is a mistranslated of the Hebrew because the creature is listed as a beast of the field and not a creeping thing. It also clearly has feet and never lies to Eve because it simply asks a question. It is impossible to lie in an interrogative remark. Also, in the ancient world serpents were ...more
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