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    The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized (Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) (Hardback) By (author) James H. Charlesworth

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    DescriptionIn a perplexing passage from the "Gospel of John", Jesus is likened to the most reviled creature in Christian symbology: the snake. Attempting to understand how the Fourth Evangelist could have made such a surprising analogy, James H. Charlesworth has spent nearly a decade combing through the vast array of references to serpents in the ancient world - from the Bible and other religious texts to ancient statuary and jewelry. Charlesworth has arrived at a surprising conclusion: not only was the serpent a widespread symbol throughout the world, but its meanings were both subtle and varied. In fact, the serpent of ancient times was more often associated with positive attributes like healing and eternal life than it was with negative meanings.This pathbreaking 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.

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    The Good and Evil Serpent
    How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James H. Charlesworth
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 672
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 1,175 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300140828
    ISBN 10: 0300140827

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    Illustrations note
    143 b&w illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    23 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "[A] superb introduction to, and analysis of, ophidian symbolism and function in the ancient world."--Marvin A./i>--Marvin A. Sweeney "Journal of American Academy of Religion "