Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Flying Serpents

I would invite my readers to check out two pieces that I have written for, a website with articles written by historical-critical Bible scholars for a general audience.

The first piece is titled "Nehushtan, the Copper Serpent: It's Origin and Fate"
The Torah describes Moses building a copper serpent to heal the Israelites. According to Kings, Hezekiah destroys it because it was being worshiped. Archaeology and history clarify the religious and political meaning of this image.

The second piece is titled "What is a Biblical Flying Serpent?"
A number of biblical and non-biblical texts describe encounters with flying venomous snakes in the Sinai and Arabian deserts. Egyptian iconography may help clarify what is being pictured.

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