Why was the serpent in the Garden? If the serpent was Satan, as some New Testament passages teach, why did God allow the serpent to be there in the Garden, knowing that it would tempt Adam and Eve? What’s going on here?
It is these sorts of questions we consider today in this episode of the One Verse Podcast. Listen to this discussion about Genesis 3:1-7 to learn more!
The Text of Genesis 3:1-7
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
In this discussion of Genesis 3:1-7 we look at:
- The cultural background to Genesis 3:1-7
- The symbolism of the serpent in other religions
- Two stories from Babylon about sacred food from the gods
- Why we should not think of the serpent as Satan
- Gilgamesh Epic
- Adapa and the Food of Life
- Adam and Adapa: Two Anthropological Characters
- Heiser, The Unseen Realm – Amazon
- Walton, Lost World of Adam and Eve – Amazon
- Wenham, Genesis 1–15 – Amazon or CBD
- Zevit, What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden – Amazon
- Genesis 1:28 – Let Them Have Dominion
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