The “subtil serpent” or, we may say the perceptive penis, where sensation is most acute, tempted man to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Gerhard von Rad feels that the expression, “of good and evil,” is a subsequent addition and refers simply to knowledge of everything or all things. (Footnote 4)…

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CAMPBELL: The serpent, who dies and is resurrected, shedding its skin and renewing its life, is the lord of the central tree, where time and etemity come together. He is the primary god, actually, in the Garden of Eden. Yahweh, the one who walks there in the cool of the evening, is just a visitor.…

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