The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized

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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 such a surprising analogy, James H. Charlesworth has spent nearly a decade combing through the vast array of references to serpents in the ancient world--from the Bible and other religious texts to ancient statuary and jewelry. Charlesworth has arrived at a surprising conclusion: not only was the serpent a widespread symbol ...

The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized 2010, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300140828

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