The identity of the serpent

Raymond de Hoop rdehoop at
Tue Aug 29 09:35:47 EDT 2000


Regarding the identity of the serpent as satan (as some want to have it),
it puzzles me that the serpent was the most subtle from all the living of
the field, that the Lord God made (Gen 3:1).

So God created satan?

Interesting, but *that* does the narrator not tell us. The serpent is just
a creature, made by the Lord God. Any other conclusion going behind that,
is trying to get rid of the fact that the possibility of choosing against
God's rules, was aparently a creation of the Holy One himself.



Dr Raymond de Hoop
Boeiersingel 11
NL-9745 CA Groningen
The Netherlands
Phone: (XX-31)-(0)50 553 01 15
E-mail: rdehoop at

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