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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking$
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Michael Fishbane

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0198267339.001.0001

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The Primordial Serpent and the Secrets of Creation

The Primordial Serpent and the Secrets of Creation

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(p.273) 11 The Primordial Serpent and the Secrets of Creation
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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking
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MICHAEL FISHBANE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198267339.003.0012

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

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