The identity of the serpent

Dave Washburn dwashbur at
Tue Aug 29 09:55:07 EDT 2000

> Shalom,
> 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?

Of course.  Where else would he/it come from?  I don't see the 
problem here.

> 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.

I would hope this is a joke.  The text itself, especially chapter 2, 
makes it clear that this possibility was indeed a creation of God to 
test the man.  I have yet to see anybody "trying to get rid of" this 
idea.  It seems to me that this is not only reading into the text, but 
reading into other people's minds as well.  Once again, it's obvious 
that this snake is no ordinary animal, there's something or 
someone motivating its actions, at the very least there's something 
or someone giving it the capability of speech since there's no 
indication at all anywhere else in the text that any animals could 

Dave Washburn
"Éist le glór Dé."

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