The Serpent in Samuel

If Amasa's death contains serpentine allusions, then this would further suggest that the author of Samuel uses the name Nahash to foster serpentine associations and that Amasa is a seed of a serpent. It is possible to see serpentine ...


Author: Brian A. Verrett

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725259850

Category: Religion

Page: 214

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In this study, Brian A. Verrett argues that 1-2 Samuel contains a serpent motif by practicing biblical theology and literary criticism. This motif derives from the serpent in Genesis 3, and its function within the Samuel narrative is to heighten the reader's anticipation in the coming messiah, who is the son of David and the seed of the woman from Genesis 3:15. This messiah will defeat the serpent and inaugurate his glorious reign over a renewed world. When 1-2 Samuel is read in this way, one appreciates previously unnoticed features of the text, understands aspects of the text that were formerly confusing, and rightly sees that the whole of 1-2 Samuel is a messianic document.

The Serpent Column

What is the Serpent lifted up? The Lord's death upon the cross. For as death came by the serpent, it was figured by the image of the serpent. The serpent's bite was deadly, the Lord's death is life- giving. A serpent is gazed on that ...


Author: Paul Stephenson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190209070

Category: History

Page: 384

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The Serpent Column, a bronze sculpture that has stood in Delphi and Constantinople, today Istanbul, is a Greek representation of the Near Eastern primordial combat myth: it is Typhon, a dragon defeated by Zeus, and also Python slain by Apollo. The column was created after the Battle of Plataia (479 BC), where the sky was dominated by serpentine constellations and by the spiralling tails of the Milky Way. It was erected as a votive for Apollo and as a monument to the victory of the united Greek poleis over the Persians. It is as a victory monument that the column was transplanted to Constantinople and erected in the hippodrome. The column remained a monument to cosmic victory through centuries, but also took on other meanings. Through the Byzantine centuries these interpretation were fundamentally Christian, drawing upon serpentine imagery in Scripture, patristic and homiletic writings. When Byzantines saw the monument they reflected upon this multivalent serpentine symbolism, but also the fact that it was a bronze column. For these observers, it evoked the Temple's brazen pillars, Moses' brazen serpent, the serpentine tempter of Genesis (Satan), and the beast of Revelation. The column was inserted into Christian sacred history, symbolizing creation and the end times. The most enduring interpretation of the column, which is unrelated to religion, and therefore survived the Ottoman capture of the city, is as a talisman against snakes and snake-bites. It is this tale that was told by travellers to Constantinople throughout the Middle Ages, and it is this story that is told to tourists today who visit Istanbul. In this book, Paul Stephenson twists together multiple strands to relate the cultural biography of a unique monument.

Riding the Serpent s Back

“He had death in his eyes,” she said, sadly. “I think he fooled himself more readily than he did me.” Leeth told Joel of his time on the Serpent's Back and, in particular, of Chi's death in the new lands close to the Michtlan Ridge.


Author: Keith Brooke

Publisher: infinity plus


Category: Fiction

Page: 507

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"Keith Brooke's prose achieves a rare honesty and clarity, his characters always real people, his situations intriguing and often moving." World Fantasy Award-winner Jeff VanderMeer With his health failing, the great mage Donn has chosen to pass on his Talents to a new generation: an old era is drawing to a close, a new era about to begin. But with change comes instability. War looms and a rogue church leader threatens to set loose the wild powers of the First City. Donn's children must oppose this man but, also, they must contend with Donn himself: the old mage has not finished with his children yet. On the run from the religious repression of the mainland, Leeth Hamera joins a group of outcasts on the Serpent's Back, a continually changing island continent in the middle of a lava sea. Leeth has never lived up to the expectations of his wealthy merchant family and his only magical skill is the lowly Talent of bonding with animals. But, as he learns, the greatest Talents can sometimes be the slowest to emerge. The leader of the outcasts is Chi, son of Donn and the greatest healer of his generation. Chi is in exile for breaking the Embodied Church's edict against intervening in the natural order: many years ago Chi used his skills to revive his son from the dead. That son, Lachlan Pas, is now a church leader tortured by the guilty knowledge of what his father had to do to return him to life. When he learns Chi is still alive, he orders his execution, determined that his secret should never be exposed. Until now, Chi has been content to live in exile but now he knows that his son's insane and cruel rule must be stopped. Chi summons his half-siblings from throughout the inhabited lands of the Rift valley. The need for action is confirmed when one of them reveals that Lachlan and his mage, Oriole, are rebuilding the ancient city of Samhab - an act which will release the powers of the earth with unforeseeable consequences. Welcome to the magical island city of Zigané, endlessly adrift in the southern lava sea; the searing soda plains home of the Morani warriors; the impenetrable Zochi jungle, full of illusion and hidden hazard; the charmed fortress-like City of the Divine Wall; and Samhab, the fantastic First City of the True, built at the geographical centre of the Rift, where the magical powers of the earth rise up to be set free by the earth-charmers and mages. The novel's cast of shape-changers, earth-charmers, healers and illusionists must battle to save civilization from the evil rule of Lachlan Pas and his followers. For whoever controls the power of Samhab controls the future of the world. "A progressive and skilful writer." Peter F Hamilton, author of the Night's Dawn trilogy "In the recognized front ranks of SF writers." Locus

The four gospels and Acts of the Apostles

20 . from everlasting death . For since death came from the Serpent , ( Aug. ) See also Ephes . ii . 6 . it was figured by the Serpent . The bite of the Serpent brought This is spiritual generation , by which men from earthly be- death ...







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The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

20 . from everlasting death . For since death came from the Serpent , ( Aug. ) See also Ephes . ii . 6 . it was figured by the Serpent . The bite of the Serpent brought This is spiritual generation , by which men from earthly be- death ...




ISBN: NYPL:33433000946495


Page: 390

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The New Testament in the original Greek with notes and introductions by C Wordsworth

20 . from everlasting death . For since death came from the Serpent , ( Aug. ) See also Ephes . ii . 6 . it was figured by the Serpent . The bite of the Serpent brought This is spiritual generation , by which men from earthly be- death ...


Author: Christopher Wordsworth (bp. of Lincoln)


ISBN: OXFORD:590970504



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The Cult of the Serpent

Suffice it to add that al - Damīrī devotes to dreams of serpents fully three times as much space as to dreams of jinn and ... at the time of death ... and I seek refuge with Thee from dying bitten by a serpent or stung by a scorpion .


Author: Balaji Mundkur

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0873956311

Category: Religion

Page: 363

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Secrets of the Serpent in Search of the Sacred Past Special Revised Edition Featuring Two New Appendices

Here, the initiate was dipped three times (like the “three day death of the sun” – see Messiah Comparisons) into the sacred waters. ... In Greece they even kept a Holy Vessel, which carried the sacred waters of the healing serpent.


Author: Philip Gardiner

Publisher: Reality Press

ISBN: 9781934588543

Category: Architecture

Page: 200

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Secrets of the Serpent: In Search of the Sacred Past - Special Revised Edition, Featuring Two New Appendices by Philip Gardiner. Across time and across the world, an ancient serpent cult once dominated mankind. Then a great battle ensued and Christianity stamped it's authority on the face of the planet. Now, after years of research, the real religious history of the world can be told. In Secrets of the Serpent, Philip Gardiner for the first time reveals the world's most mysterious places were once sacred to the Serpent Cult. The history and mythology of the so-called reptilian agenda and alien visitation in ancient times now has a solid opponent - giving answers for the many symbols and myths often confused by those who believe in such things. In Secrets of the Serpent, the author reveals the real "bloodline" spoken of by Dan Brown in the Da Vinci Code - it was in fact a serpent bloodline. Philip Gardiner is the international best selling author of The Shining Ones, The Serpent Grail, Gnosis: The Secret of Solomon's Temple Revealed and Proof - Does God Exist? He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs worldwide speaking on religion and propaganda. He has infiltrated various secret societies and been initiated into Orders many people had thought were long forgotten. Committed to the constant struggle to uncover the real history of mankind and the unraveling of manipulative propaganda, he has come up against many obstacles and yet in his book, The Serpent Grail he reveals a truth about the Holy Grail that gained the backing of academia and scholars. The truth shall be found in the Secrets of the Serpent.

Religious Encounters with Death

It, therefore, could not be held directly responsible for the boy's death. Then, the embodied form of death appeared and declared that neither the serpent nor himself was culpable, for "like the clouds in the sky (jaladavat), ...


Author: American Academy of Religion

Publisher: University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press

ISBN: UVA:X006143540

Category: Religion

Page: 247

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