Introduction to Chapter 8

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Unlike with Adam and Eve, the Lord neither interrogated the serpent nor allowed him an opportunity to explain his behavior (Gen 3:6–13).[1] Instead, the one who was crafty (arum) became cursed (arur) (Gen 3:1, 14–15).[2]

By forcing the serpent to crawl on his belly and eat dust, God reined in the snake’s aggression and hinted at his demise.[3]

The serpent and his seed would engage in battle with the seed of the woman,[4] corporately and—eventually—in single combat.[5]

Both champions would receive mortal wounds.

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Go to An Anguishing Process (Gen 3:16)


[Related posts include Serpents in the Ancient Near East (Gen 3:1); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); Their Eyes Are Opened (Gen 3:7); Hiding from God (Gen 3:8); A Day of Reckoning (Gen 3:9–13); God Curses the Serpent (Gen 3:14); The First Good News (Gen 3:15); The Accuser (Job 1:6–11 and Job 2:1–7); Satan Addresses the Heavenly Council (Zech 3:1–5); God’s Servant, the Branch (Zech 3:6–10); Satan Tempts Christ (Matt 4:1–4); A Second Temptation (Matt 4:5–7); The Third Temptation (Matt 4:8–11); A Murderer from the Beginning (John 8:42–44); Betrayed (Luke 22:1–6); A Most Cruel and Ignominious Punishment (Matt 27:26–37); Forsaken (Matt 27:38–49); The Death of God (John 19:28–30); God Rends the Barrier (Matt 27:50–51); The Resurrection of the Righteous (Matt 27:51–53); Conversion of an Executioner (Matt 27:54); Our Great High Priest (Heb 2:14–18); and Satan Vanquished (Rom 16:20)]


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[1]Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis: A Commentary, 93.

[2]Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 196.

[3]Walton, Genesis, 225.

[4]Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 198.

[5]Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis: A Commentary, 93.