Date of Award
Master of Divinity (M.Div)
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Psalm 68:4; 2 Kings 18:4; Deuteronomy 18:11; Deuteronomy 3:29; Deuteronomy 4:44-46; Hosea 9:10; Isaiah 51:9-10; Job 26:10-12; Joshua 22:17; Leviticus 2:14; Numbers 22:28; Psalm 12-17; Psalm 74; Psalm 89:10-13;
This paper will attempt to explore the meaning of the serpent in Canaanite culture to see if it is likely that the writer of Genesis 3 was opposing Canaanite religion. This paper will first mention some of them any parallels betoken Canaanite and Israelite religion, pointing out particularly the continuing syncretism among the Israelites. Then by an examination of archaeological materials from Palestine, supported by other archaeological data from the Mediterranean area, an attempt will be made to state the meaning of the serpent in Canaanite religion. If it can be shown possible that the serpent in Genesis 3reflects a polemic against false worship, then some systematic implications will be mentioned.
Gienapp, John, "The Serpent Motif in Genesis 3: Some Systematic Implications Drawn from its Place in the Thought of Early Israel" (1964). Master of Divinity Thesis. 69.
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