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Who is the Snake in the Garden of Eden? However, there are also some advantages for fundamentalism: In my opinion, one of them is to read the Bible as a non-fiction book. In the Orthodox Jewic synagogues where I was trained, we were told that the Torah - the first five volumes of the Hebrew Bible, from Genesis to Deuteronomy - was God's own writing (Moses dictated).
And besides, these were, we were educated, a matter-of-fact account of the story: every figure in the tale was a real living/breathing figure, and every incident described in the tale actually occurred. It is difficult to describe those who have not grown up with these convictions how it is to study the Bible in this strange way, how it is to believe that the reports of Noah and Abraham and Moses are as fact-based as today's New York Times.
Can' a tale not be "true", even if it is not material? Does insisting on the historic reality of a text not miss the meaning of a history? After all, the Bible should be considered objective, and although its literature value does not rely on its historic precision, can we say that it would be much more exciting for the fantasy if all these spectacular tales turned out to be fact?
After I had abandoned the Orthodox wrinkle and interpreted the text in different and less religious ways, I realized that something was not there. To disbelieve in the realistic nature of the narrative had put a kind of obstacle between the text and me. Although I could understand Hebrew, it was as if I could no longer understand the tale in its native tongue; if I were to lose my belief, something would be missed in it.
It was a real believe in a history, or at least it seemed to be gone. You have to search the stories proactively for credibility, for truthfulness, where another readership would not care. If you read the history of the Garden of Eden, most of us are completely satisfied with accepting it as a myth or a falsehood.
No one cares about the realisticism of Kafka's speaking hounds and chimpanzees or Aesop's turtles and rabbits, no one is disturbed by the speaking shepherd. Neither does a profane scholar care that the history of Genesis is generally interspersed with conflicting intricacies. Adam and Eve are described in one section as being made together.
The next section is Adam first made and Eve is formed from his surgical removal of his rip. There is a clear historic explanation for this discrepancy for the profane reader: when the Bible was put together, there were different interpretations of the history in different forms. One writer, or group of writers, just cuts two copies of the tale from two different sources and inserts them into the Bible (possibly as a wise attempt to draw the supporters of each version).
Man is a creation that wants to be a maker, a man who strives to be a deity. Briefly, if you believe that Adam is not just a figure who is appearing in various literature but a real personality, with thoughts and feelings and opposing motives, you are forced to see him like this in the text.
The incongruities of history show Adam and Eve as they really are for the faithful reader: beings of opposition. When you are able to tell the tale as being literal, there is a greater need to explain the foreignness in order to find out its secrets. Encountering a history was an adventurous way, and it brought results as bright and original as any solitary book.
I' d read the whole thing again as if I believe in it. It would be assumed that everything in history must make logic-something that makes as much difference as possible-and that it is more than just a great one. It is a history of the real things that have taken place in our time. It was only a matter of course for my thought experience to begin with the history of the Garden of Eden - not only because it is the opening of the book.
With a text whose storylines are intensified by the uninterrupted recurrence of topics, Eden is the history of stories, the narration that every other history in Genesis and beyond is structural. The Gospels, this belated supplement to the Bible book, did not by chance present their history as another reproduction of the Genesis account and its hero, Jesus, as a second Adam.
Eden's history is the pivotal one in the comprehension of many other histories in the Bible and in the West. However, the realism of Eden is also one of the more challenging tales known to be inconceivable. Every thought experience in the realm of the realist world has to deal with the truthfulness of Genesis with its six hundred year old characters and their mystical passage (e.g. who are the "daughters of men" who couple with the "sons of the gods"?).
However, the history of Eden is particularly strange, and its fundamental importance is difficult to understand. It' truely so, most biblical tales are strange - but few are so confusing. Later, in Genesis, for example, when Jacob and his mum deceive the Esau brothers of Jacob by deceiving the ageing Isaac, we immediately understand the reality of this situation: it is an heirloom, an all too intimate domestic tragedy.
Although the figures are nominated pastoralists who live in the land of Canaan one billion B.C. each year, we can see the history of humanity there very well. Where is the reality with the smooth-speaking snake and the blissful nude Adam and Eve frolicking in their backyard? So what is going on in this one?
And who is this snake? In order to be able to answer these questions, the traditional Christians evolved a whole prehistory of the Garden of Eden. The Eden affair makes little point without an explanation: What finally convinced this Snake to be such a disturbance? So the snake was actually this disguised demon angels on a clandestine quest to undermine God's will.
Eden, in other words, was only a battlefield in a greater struggle between God and the dead archangels, a struggle in which men are only peasants. It' a great history. It is not a very illuminating reading of Genesis. Satan background narrative only emphasizes the gashing gap in the middle of the Eden narrative in the Bible text:
Who is this snake and what is motivating him? In the Garden of Eden, can we see a genuine anthropogenic tragedy, a genuine history, or is it just a monotonous ethical allegory or just a lining for cartoon punchlines? Has there been a history in Eden like the dispute between Jacob and his brothers that felt as realistic as a domestic comedy?
Once we have accepted the assumption that the snake is true - as in my thought experience - that he really said those things to Eve, the madness of that detail immediately requires that we understand it. As we are compelled to find reality in Eden, a tale appears so clearly that it is a surprise that we have not seen it all the while and are hidden in public: the snake and Adam are brethren.
Eden's history is as tragic as a domestic dispute because it is a tragedy of the domestic one. Snake is not in secret a demon who wants revenge on God, but the controversy in history is exactly what it says: an encounter between a figure called "the snake" and the other called " Adam" (or, to be nearer to Arabic, the Adam interpretation, "man").
Both of these personalities, man and snake, have the same dad, and yet one is preferred and the other not. Adam and the serpent, like all the brethren in Genesis, argue about an inheritance: The snake thinks that he, the snake, is more dignified and he wants to do so.
Brotherly conflicts, the struggle for the Father, are the main recurrent motive in the book of Genesis. After the normal readings, this theme begins with the sons of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and the vicious circle of fratricidal confrontations is repeated with Isaac and Ishmael, then Jacob and Esau, and ends with Joseph and his siblings.
However, I would suggest that this motive begins sooner in the book, right at the beginning, with Adam and the snake. It turns out Eden is the first and archetypical authority of warriors. And like other brethren in Genesis, they are connected as contrasts. Just like Jacob and Esau, the soft-skinned tentman and the furry predator, the snake and the human are two sides of a unique game.
"But now the serpent was smarter ('arum) than all the other creatures in the fields..... However, in the next phrase, in the context of the serpent, the word'arum' means'clever, clever'; the serpent is a cheater who hides his deceit. Both Adam and the serpent are brethren because they divide a unique ancestor, and they are twin because they both represent a unique verb, a unique attribute, the two-sided medal of "Arum-Ness".
Notice that it does not say that the serpent is wicked or unethical. Other biblical resources present the serpent of Eden in an explicit positve candle. For example, a Nostic Bible celebrates the serpent in Eden as a knowledge-giver, a part associated with the serpent deities in the Middle Eastern civilizations and perhaps later alluded to in the Bible itself, in the Book of Numbers, when Moses models a snakesnake to cure man from the pestilence.
Serpent gives man science and medicines. Although the Jewish scholars may try to satirise the Middle East serpent attachment - a worshipping icon associated with the serpent Nile - perhaps a hint of this iconic part for the serpent has immigrated into our view of the Bible. Jacob, later in Genesis history, is a good example of this kind of heroeship.
Jacob is indeed connected by his name to the Serpent of Eden: In Hebrew, the name Jacob or Ya'akov is deduced from the term "eikev", which means "heel", because Jacob has his twins brother's heels firmly under control. It is the same thing, sikev, that is conjured up in the serpent's unforgettable penalty at the end of Eden history:
" Jacob, a heel-breaker like the snake, is a clever character, adept at the arts of household intrigue. Eden Snake is just as smart. As Jacob is offering his hungry brethren tasty stews and Isaac, her dad, gives succulent delicacies of barbecued meats - all part of an ingenious plan to take an heir - the snake Adam and Eve is a delight.
His intent is the same: He thinks Adam is ridiculously undeserving of this honour. If it is said that the snake is "wiser than all life in the field", the teller of the tale conveys the position of the snake, for this wise attitude of spirit is the snake's own pretension: he, the snake, has the exclusive right to reign over man, and everything, because he is cleverer than everyone else.
The serpent shows with legal accuracy that Adam is the primordial Kaiser without clothes: a jester and a cheater, not a queen. The serpent is more than a serpent. He' as much as Adam, in other words. Reading the Garden of Eden as a theatre of conflicting brothers and sisters may seem strange, but it actually reconciles the narrative with the remainder of Genesis.
Is that snake legit? What you will find is a lively, genuine personality that looks back on you.