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'Be You A Lyre For Me': Identity Or Manipulation In Eden

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According to the Books of Adam and Eve, Satan convinces the serpent to provide a body and a voice for him. The serpent and Satan the two dubious characters found in the Garden of Eden. Or are they both there? The serpent certainly is. Is Satan there too? Not explicitly in the biblical versions. The chapter looks first at some Armenian Christian sources dealing with the two mischief-makers, and then considers the Rabbinic tradition. But the Rabbinic sources are strikingly different and, somewhat surprisingly, the issue of Satan and the serpent is scarcely dealt with by them at all. That is more than intriguing. The biblical story does not mention Satan as the agent of the protoplasts' sin, but only the serpent, and nor do the earlier, pre-Rabbinic Jewish sources, excepting the Wisdom of Solomon and Life of Adam and Eve.

Keywords: Armenian Christian sources; biblical; Books of Adam and Eve; Eden; Jewish; Rabbinic sources; Satan; serpent; Wisdom of Solomon



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