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The good and evil serpent : how a universal symbol became Christianized / James H. Charlesworth.

By: Charlesworth, James H [author]
Material type: TextTextSeries: Anchor Yale Bible reference library: Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2010]Description: xix, 719 pages : illustrations ; 25 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780300140828 (alk. paper); 0300140827 (alk. paper)Other title: Good & evil serpent [Spine title]Subject(s): Devil -- Christianity | Symbolism | Animals -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Good and evil | Good and evil -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Serpents -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Serpents in the BibleDDC classification: 220.6/4 LOC classification: BT982 | .C45 2010Online resources: Table of contents only
Contents:
Introduction -- Physiology undergirds symbology : thirty-two virtually unique characteristics of a snake -- Realia and iconography : the symbolism of the serpent in the ancient Near East (and the religion of Israel) -- The perception that the serpent is a positive symbol in Greek and Roman literature -- The full spectrum of the meaning of serpent symbolism in the Fertile Crescent -- Serpent symbolism in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) -- The symbolism of the serpent in the Gospel of John.
Summary: The serpent of ancient times was more often associated with positive attributes like healing and eternal life than it was with negative meanings. This groundbreaking book explores in plentiful detail the symbol of the serpent from 40,000 BCE to the present, and from diverse regions in the world. In doing so it emphasizes the creativity of the biblical authors' use of symbols and argues that we must today reexamine our own archetypal conceptions with comparable creativity.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 487-678) and indexes.

Introduction -- Physiology undergirds symbology : thirty-two virtually unique characteristics of a snake -- Realia and iconography : the symbolism of the serpent in the ancient Near East (and the religion of Israel) -- The perception that the serpent is a positive symbol in Greek and Roman literature -- The full spectrum of the meaning of serpent symbolism in the Fertile Crescent -- Serpent symbolism in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) -- The symbolism of the serpent in the Gospel of John.

The serpent of ancient times was more often associated with positive attributes like healing and eternal life than it was with negative meanings. This groundbreaking book explores in plentiful detail the symbol of the serpent from 40,000 BCE to the present, and from diverse regions in the world. In doing so it emphasizes the creativity of the biblical authors' use of symbols and argues that we must today reexamine our own archetypal conceptions with comparable creativity.--From publisher description.

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