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The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion

Jeffrey J. Kripal


“Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field.” With those words in Genesis, God condemns the serpent for tempting Adam and Eve, and the serpent has shouldered the blame ever since. But how would the study of religion change if we looked at the Fall from the snake's point of view? Would he appear as a bringer of wisdom, more generous than the God who wishes to keep his creation ignorant? Inspired by the early Gnostics who took that view, this book uses the serpent as a starting point for a reconsideration of religious studies and its methods ... More

Keywords: Genesis, God, serpent, Adam and Eve, religious studies, Fall, wisdom, Gnostics, religion, gospels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226453804
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226453828.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey J. Kripal, author