The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized

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Yale University Press
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6.14 X 9.52 X 1.81 inches | 2.59 pounds

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About the Author

James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, and director and editor of the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project, Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of more than sixty books and six hundred articles. He lives in Princeton, NJ.


"Magnificent . . . Exposing the rich complexity of historic, symbolic, and religious meanings associated with serpents, this fascinating and comprehensive study is highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)

-- "Library Journal "

"Charlesworth has done us all an immense service in pulling together evidence from around the world and through the ages of the crucial role snakes have played in the human story."--James A. Sanders, Claremont School of Theology

--James A. Sanders

"Charlesworth provides indispensable material for anyone studying the symbolic use of snakes."--Pheme Perkins, America

--Pheme Perkins "America "

"In this masterpiece, the snake emerges from the Garden of Eden in Genesis and carries on an unending hostility to human kind in the closing chapters of the book of Revelation. This book is packed with data about this mysterious creature and backed by compelling evidence and argumentation. I recommend it unreservedly to any and all with an interest in this fascinating subject."--David Noel Freedman

--David Noel Freedman

"Making use of his vast knowledge in archaeology and ancient literature, Professor Charlesworth has written an outstanding research on serpent symbolism, which is certainly to become the standard book of reference to this topic in the years to come."--Adolfo Roitman, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

--Adolfo Roitman
"[A] very handy reference tool for Classicists and specialists in Near Eastern Studies, as well as Biblicists . . . even lay persons will find his book accessible."--Isaac W. Oliver, International Journal of the Classical Tradition--Isaac W. Oliver "International Journal of the Classical Tradition"
"[A] superb introduction to, and analysis of, ophidian symbolism and function in the ancient world."--Marvin A. Sweeney, Journal of American Academy of Religion--Marvin A. Sweeney "Journal of American Academy of Religion"