Let’s start by asking about the context in which the serpent appears: Eden. There are three quite important clues here, because in the ancient Near East the throne-room of gods was typically thought to be: in a garden; at the source of rivers; on a holy mountain (the “mountain of assembly”). This parallels Eden strikingly:…

via Who is the serpent in Genesis, and is it an actual snake? — Dominic Bnonn Tennant

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