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Old 10-22-2005, 10:58 PM
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We always see pictures of the serpent in the Garden of Eden represented as a serpent looks, today. But the Bible says in Genesis 3 v14 "And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.'

So before he was cursed he was not on his belly. Was he upright like a man?
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:12 PM
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I believe he probably looked like a man. I would be very surprised to think that he was really a talking snake.
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He looked like a monitor lizard, of course.
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:44 PM
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*is re-reading "Good Omens" *

He's a man who wears dark sunglasses, drives a Bentley, and has a tendancy to not blink very much.
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He also hisses when he forgets himself.

(Sorry, another Good Omens addict!)
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:54 PM
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I loved it when he called Aziraphale "Angel"! (Can't believe I don't have the book handy, or I'd quote the passage where the woman determines she has nothing to fear from the two because of that.)

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Old 10-23-2005, 05:10 AM
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I believe he probably looked like a man. I would be very surprised to think that he was really a talking snake.
More likely, looked like a woman
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A serpent does not necessarily mean a snake. Whilst often it is referred to as a snake, the serpent may consist of many forms, even dragon like, or perhaps the Loch Ness monster.
(Sea Serpent), because of the reptilian likeness. However if in the Garden of Eden, it could take many forms, for many different beings were possible.

The following is a picture of a would-be serpent on a site familiar to a member here:

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Old 10-23-2005, 05:55 AM
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A serpent does not necessarily mean a snake. Whilst often it is referred to as a snake, the serpent may consist of many forms, even dragon like, or perhaps the Loch Ness monster.
If the serpents look frightening and evil, it would be highly unlikely that a naive young woman would listen. It is far more likely it appeared in a friendly and believable form. Maybe it appeared as an old lady, maybe it was disguised as an angel, maybe another girl.

Throughout history we have always represented evil (including the Devil) as an awful looking thing. it is more likely the Devil looks like some church minister or somebody's grandmother. Then we believe them.
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Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.

Note, it says beasts of the field. it was an animal.
Then look at 3:14
'The LORD God said to the serpent,

"Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.'

Again, God refers to it as livestock. However, God knew who was behind, or controlling the serpent, much like a ventriloquist does a puppet. So god was actually speaking to Satan.
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