Presented by Christopher Newport University Professor Dawn Hutchinson
June 3, 2018
While many in the Jewish and Christian traditions believe the snake to be the tempter in the Garden of Eden, in that cultural context, the snake would have also represented a religious tradition that was subordinate. Since the snake represented the goddess and the renewal of life in Mediterranean religions, using it in this story sends a message that the old religion can't be trusted. Additionally, the snake is crushed under the feet of Eve in the story. We will take a closer look at Mediterranean snake goddesses. What is it that the Rabbis feared?