WORM exegesis? Re: Gen 3:15 (snakes)

Harold Helm sundance at neosoft.com
Tue Nov 30 14:18:48 EST 1999


> Concerning the speaking serpent.  There is no element of surprise in the
> text concerning this trait of the serpent, we are not told that 'only' the
> serpent could speak, perhaps all the animals could?  Jewish myth contains
> this position.
> 'And on that day ( of expulsion from Eden ) was closed the mouth of all
> beasts, and of cattle, and of birds, and of whatever walks, and of whatever
> moves, so that they could no longer speak: for they had all spoken one with
> another with one lip and with one tongue.'
> 
> Jubilees 3:28
> To me the Serpent Character is a literary device incorporated into the text
> analogous concept to craftiness ( Isn't that a snake that twists around a
> sword,I think, in the symbol for medicine )
My med school Profesors characterized it a a worm
or two worms (depending on the field) - stick was
used to extract the worm from the patient - any
one have midrash etc on the "WORM" in b-Hebrew?

Harold Helm <sundance at neosoft.com>




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