Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Serpent of Eden

Written by J. P. Val d'Eremao
Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co. 1888

I recently read this book and found it very insightful. It answered some of the questions I have had in the back of my mind about the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Did you ever wonder why God cursed the serpent if it was possessed by Satan? Do animals have the ability to withstand demonic possession? Read the book for yourself it was very thought provoking. No I don't agree with everything he said but chew the meat and spit out the bones. 

I read the new Logos version of the book but it is also available on google books for free.(Google Books)

Overview From Logos Bible Software

To Jews and Christians alike, the narrative of the temptation and fall of man is an article of faith. It’s the very foundation of the edifice of faith; the very groundwork of the whole scheme of redemption. It is an article of faith that Eve was tempted by “the Serpent” and fell—that she, in turn, tempted Adam, who also fell—and that Adam, Eve, and this “Serpent” were subjected each to a special condemnation by God in punishment of the sin that each had committed. But who or what that “Serpent” was, and in what way he tempted Eve, and in what precisely his condemnation consisted, and in what manner it worked: these details have never been defined as articles of faith.

In The Serpent of Eden, Rev. J. P. Val d’Eremao provides an in-depth study of Genesis 3 and its various interpretations, examining the English, Latin, Hebrew, and Greek texts for comparison. With the Logos edition, you have the unique ability to cross-reference this volume with other commentaries on Genesis 3, comparing d’Eremao’s scholarship with that of other commentators, both contemporary and classic. Bible verses are hyperlinked to your favorite translation, giving you instant access to each passage mentioned throughout this volume.

Key Features

  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on Genesis 3
  • Examines the connection between Genesis 3 and serpent-worship
  • Reviews various theories on the temptation of Eve


  • Object Stated
  • The Sacred Narrative
  • Various Theories on the Manner of the Temptation by “the Serpent”
  • Difficulties attending Temptation by a Bestial Serpent
  • Objections against Proposing a New Theory
  • The New Theory
  • The Curse on “the Serpent”
  • Origin of the Commonly Received Interpretation
  • Connection between Genesis 3 and Serpent-Worship
  • What Is the Weight of the Argument from Serpent-Worship?
  • Was Serpent-Worship Universal?
  • Origin of Serpent-Worship
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix—Hebrew and Greek Texts of the Sacred Narrative

Product Details

Title: The Serpent of Eden: A Philological and Critical Essay on the Text of Genesis 3 and Its Various Interpretations
Author: J. P. Val d’Eremao
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co.
Publication Date: 1888
Pages: 175

About the Author

J. P. Val d’Eremao (1841–1896) was editor of the Imperial and Asiatic Quarterly Review, to which he was also a frequent contributor. His other works include Hail Mary, The Keys to Peter, and Selected Feast Day Hymns.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition


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