“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which was made by YHVH God. And he said to the woman – hasn’t God told you that you can eat of every tree in the garden?”

In my regular Bible, there’s a little mark beside the word serpent, directing me to reference other verses. In particular, this verse struck me:

(Don’t forget that while Hebrew is read from right to left, Greek is read like English, from left to right.)

He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. Rev 20: 2-3

The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.

This makes me picture not a little snake twining around a tree, but a giant serpent, almost godlike in appearance. Perhaps the ouroboros, who slithers its head into the garden and talks to Eve.

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