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The Primordial Serpent and the Secrets of Creation

MICHAEL FISHBANE

in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780198267331
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602078 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198267339.003.0012
 The Primordial Serpent and the Secrets of Creation

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Biblical references of an ancient combat between God and a great sea dragon have gained prominence in Jewish texts. These images have migrated across time and have regenerated in new ways such as references to great sea serpents. This chapter presents an analysis of serpent myths and the mystery of evil. Parallels have been found between certain serpent traditions found in medieval Zoharic corpus and some Gnostic myths from late antiquity preserved by the Church Fathers in their attempt to rebut views deemed heretical or dangerous to Christianity.

Keywords: primordial serpent; God; creation; myths; evil; Zoharic corpus

Chapter.  11110 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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