The serpent or snake makes an early appearance in the book of Genesis as a symbol of evil, but its appearance throughout the biblical saga constantly changes from a symbol of mischief to one of magic, female fertility and even of the Divine feminine itself. This paper examines the snake in both its biblical and Ancient Near Eastern context with the goal of reassessing and reanalyzing the symbol and role of the snake in its biblical setting.
Assistant Professor, Classical Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, CUNY Queens College, New York, United States
COMPARATIVE RELIGION,RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM
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