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The Serpent in Genesis 3:15 is a Snake

Douglas Kennard
Occas. Papers of the BSG No. 14, pp. 1-11
©2009 BSG.


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This article seeks to defend that the serpent in the Genesis 3:15 fall of humanity is a snake on the basis of: (1) the near Jewish contextual analysis, (2) Mosaic theological analysis within Biblical theology, (3) unanimity of Rabbinic texts side with this view, (4) the strength of peer interpretation among critical scholarship sides with this view, (5) the presence of this view among the Patristics, (6) no N.T. text clearly teaches otherwise, and (7) the Satan view is suspect as depending upon Zoroastrianism as it syncretised with some forms of second Temple Judaism.