The "serpent" seems to have played a pivotal role in the temptation of Adam, and received a curse from the LORD.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Over and over, snakes are used and abused.
They will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Yet, they were around way before any Jewish Tribe
The biblical Adam and Eve story is, as many may know, a plagiarization of an ancient Mesopotamian creation myth, adopted, much like the flood story, the ten commandment story and others, from old Mesopotamian myths.
Below is a clay imprint from a 4000-year old Mesopotamian cylinder seal, which had extruded features that, when rolled on wet clay (which is then allowed to dry and harden), left an image - sort of a Bronze Age printing machine, and on it, we see a man and a woman, seated before the "tree of life" (which later evolved into the Jewish Menora), and to the far right, we can clearly see the "subtil serpent."
Did not know that one Arch - so thanks for that. I am ok with snakes too as long as they don't speak.
We made these little rollers in Ceramics 101. A great way for lazy--I mean resourceful--students to apply texture to a large surface.
I had no idea about the menorah. I would like to learn more about these connections.
How did snakes travel before they were cursed? did they walk, jump like a frog, fly i don't actualy get that biblical verse. Had snakes on the farm, just put them in a bucket with a broom and release them. Not so nice if you go to the bathroom at two in the morning and you almost step on it.
Yeah, I guess sea snakes really pulled a fast one..eat my dust
"and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life"
I guess they were lizards before they were snakes. Trouble is, if anything, snakes are a more successful tribe than lizards.
For some reason I am imagining a slinky.
RE: "How did snakes travel before they were cursed?"
Love our (Aussie) pythons. My son had a collection of five and looked after his babies very well. He now has a human baby girl so pythons were returned to the breeder.....just in case!! They were so gentle, although their strength was apparent...they gave little sweeping kisses with the tongue. The first one was aptly named Kingswood. One escaped from its enclosure once and, being home alone, I had the task of returning him (I think it was Pudding) back into his home with phone instructions. After that, I didn't feel worried about handling them.
Snakes are fine as long as they are far far away from me! I think they are beautiful and creepy and/or horrifying at the same time.
I'd totally have one as a pet (they're pretty cute and I love how they move) except for the whole fangs, eating live food, and needing a reliable source of heat thing. Snakes are a-ok in my book. I used to be afraid of them. Spiders, snakes, and bats...but now I'm fine as long as we keep our distance!