But the serpent said…

This is the Old Testament reading for the first Sunday in Lent (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7), which I read this morning at St Ann’s. It’s the story of the first sin and features the wonderful serpent character, who convinces the woman to disobey God. It occurred to me that it’s quite rare that we get the voice of the ‘bad guy’ in the Bible, in this case the deceitful snake. Another good example is the New Testament reading for today (every Sunday in the Catholic/Anglican church calendar has prescribed readings), Jesus’ temptation in the desert.

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