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The good and evil serpent : how a universal symbol became Christianized

Author
Charlesworth, James H.
Title
The good and evil serpent : how a universal symbol became Christianized / James H. Charlesworth.
Format
Book
Published
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2010.
Description
xix, 719 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
URL
<Table of contents only> http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0826/2008036207.html
Spine title
Good & evil serpent
Uniform series
Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 487-678) and indexes.
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.
Subject headings
Devil--Christianity.
Symbolism.
Snakes--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Good and evil.
Good and evil--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Serpents--Symbolic aspects.
Serpents--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Serpents in the Bible.
ISBN
9780300140828 (alk. paper)
0300140827

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
BT982 .C45 2010
Location
Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks
Floor
4th Floor, East Tower
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