We had a great time at the Perkins Youth School of Theology’s annual Spring Forum last Saturday. Dr. Roy Heller presented, a couple of Young Scholars presented responses, and all of us followed with good discussion.
Dr. Heller’s presentation was on the story of “The Human, the Woman, the Snake, and the Tree(s).” If that is not clear enough, the story in Genesis 2:4b-3:24. The main point behind our investigation and discussion of this story in the Bible was to begin to see how our reading of this and other stories is often as dependent upon things we’ve heard about the story as the story itself.
For example: who does the serpent in the story of Genesis 3 represent?
Most of us would answer Satan.
The Bible doesn’t say this!
If the Bible doesn’t actually identify the serpent in the garden as Satan, but most of us have come to “know” the story that way, doesn’t it make you wonder what other things we’ve been told the Bible says, though it might not?