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The good and evil serpent : how a universal symbol became Christianized

Author: James H Charlesworth
Publisher: New Haven Conn. : Yale University Press, ©2010.
Series: Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The serpent of ancient times was more often associated with positive attributes like healing and eternal life than it was with negative meanings. This groundbreaking book explores in plentiful detail the symbol of the serpent from 40,000 BCE to the present, and from diverse regions in the world. In doing so it emphasizes the creativity of the biblical authors' use of symbols and argues that we must today reexamine  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James H Charlesworth
ISBN: 9780300140828 0300140827
OCLC Number: 770434318
Awards: Winner of Christianity Today Book Award (Biblical Studies) 2011
Description: xix, 719 s. : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Physiology undergirds symbology : thirty-two virtually unique characteristics of a snake --
Realia and iconography : the symbolism of the serpent in the ancient Near East (and the religion of Israel) --
The perception that the serpent is a positive symbol in Greek and Roman literature --
The full spectrum of the meaning of serpent symbolism in the Fertile Crescent --
Serpent symbolism in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) --
The symbolism of the serpent in the Gospel of John.
Series Title: Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
Other Titles: Good & evil serpent.
Responsibility: James H. Charlesworth.
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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  Read more...

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"In this masterpiece, the snake emerges from the Garden of Eden in Genesis and carries on an unending hostility to human kind in the closing chapters of the book of Revelation. This book is packed Read more...

 
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