To Jews and Christians alike, the narrative of the temptation and fall of man is an article of faith. It’s the very foundation of the edifice of faith; the very groundwork of the whole scheme of redemption. It is an article of faith that Eve was tempted by “the Serpent” and fell—that she, in turn, tempted Adam, who also fell—and that Adam, Eve, and this “Serpent” were subjected each to a special condemnation by God in punishment of the sin that each had committed. But who or what that “Serpent” was, and in what way he tempted Eve, and in what precisely his condemnation consisted, and in what manner it worked: these details have never been defined as articles of faith.
In The Serpent of Eden, Rev. J. P. Val d’Eremao provides an in-depth study of Genesis 3 and its various interpretations, examining the English, Latin, Hebrew, and Greek texts for comparison. With the Logos edition, you have the unique ability to cross-reference this volume with other commentaries on Genesis 3, comparing d’Eremao’s scholarship with that of other commentators, both contemporary and classic. Bible verses are hyperlinked to your favorite translation, giving you instant access to each passage mentioned throughout this volume.
J. P. Val d’Eremao (1841–1896) was editor of the Imperial and Asiatic Quarterly Review, to which he was also a frequent contributor. His other works include Hail Mary, The Keys to Peter, and Selected Feast Day Hymns.