Help! -- I need an image once posted over at H20
Sometime back (perhaps even as far back as the old H20, I can't remember for sure) someone posted a picture of the front cover of a particular book authored by Joseph Rutherford. It had the Serpent (tempting Eve) as part of the picture on the cover, and the Serpent was represented as having legs. If someone remembers the source (URL) of this image I would be grateful to be informed of its whereabouts. I thought I had it saved, but can't locate it. (I can't even remember the title of the book.) Although I don't believe so, I might be mistaken in thinking the image was on the cover itself, it may have been on an inside page of the publication.
Osarsif and Nicolaou,
Thank you for responding to my appeal for help in locating the image I was hoping to find. Although my memory had faded, I feel like THAT one was most likely the one I had seen before and was now looking for. Because you were nice enough to respond I feel that the least I should do is explain why I wanted the image to begin with. Well, I’m not acquainted with either of you enough to know whether or not you trust and appreciate the Bible as being God-inspired … but in either case perhaps you may be curious as to what my purpose will be for the image. It is my hope, in spite of a difficult to tolerate disease I’ve contracted (PN), to be able to address from a fresh perspective issues surrounding the account of Eve and the Serpent. Without being boastful, I think I’ve landed upon the precise reason for which Satan chose to use a snake in particular to do his deed. I’ve never heard it explained the way I have it figured … out of all the animals that Satan might have used, Why a snake? I have reserved a page on my as-yet-not-so-well-organized website that I believe will be worth a person’s time to investigate. I’m not that well along with the website as of right now so as to share the URL with anyone that might possibly be interested in visiting it. Once I get it going sufficiently well enough I will announce its whereabouts, if anyone cares that is.
Thanks again for coming to my rescue,
Asimov's Guide to the Bible (New York: Wings Books, 1981), pp.
[...] the serpent's evil is motiveless or, at best, arises out
of mere delight in mischief. The Jews of post-Exilic times made this
seem more reasonable, however, by equating the serpent with Satan, who
is the spirit of Evil as God is the spirit of Good. (This notion was
derived from Persian religious thought [...].)
Actually, the tale of the serpent is quite un-Biblical in atmosphere.
Only here and in one other case (that of Balaam's ass [...]) do the
Hebrew scriptures mention talking animals. It seems quite likely that
the tale of the serpent is extremely primitive and represents a
remnant of nature myth [...].
The serpent is a particularly important animal in religious ritual,
whether for good or evil. The fact that a serpent moves in so quiet
and hidden a fashion and strikes so suddenly and so unexpectedly with
so poisoned a fang, makes it an obvious representation of cunning and
evil. It is such a representation of cunning evil in the story of the
garden of Eden [...]
Something that is dangerous and evil is to be feared, and something
that is feared had better be treated well and propitiated, so that
serpents could be worshiped even while dreaded.
Then, too, the serpent is looked upon as symbolizing immortality
because of its ability to shed its skin. Any primitive man, observing
the process by which a serpent sheds an old, dull skin and emerges in
a new, bright colored one, might be excused if he assumed the serpent
had undergone a process of rejuvenation. [...]
Thus, in the Gilgamesh legend [...], when the hero finally gains the
plant that brought immortality, he has it stolen from him by a
serpent, which then becomes immortal. (In the garden of Eden, it is
the serpent who steals immortality from Adam and Eve, although it is
not itself made immortal as a result, but is punished.)
I remember an old Watchtower I once read which speculated that
the serpent did not spoke any words to Eve, but merely made suggestive
bodily gestures to Eve, near the tree, thus attracting Eve's attention
to the fruit.