How Could the Snake in the Bible Speak?

by Jesse Lark

There are many things we don't understand. Many religious people like to chant the mantra "We can never understand everything because our human minds are too limited!". Usually they chant this as soon as they realize their religious tales do not provide them with the necessary answers, or what they see in reality does not correspond with their teachings.

Of course, we CAN understand ANYTHING if you have ALL THE NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE about it, and bring all of that into the equation. It is not our capabilities to understand that is too limited, it is our knowledge at that particular point in time that is still lacking.

We all know the story of Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden. According to the Bible, a snake told Eve that she could know things and become like God if she ate from the Tree Of Knowledge. She ate and had Adam eat too. And so, mankind "fell".

God exploded with anger when he found out, and though he said they would die if they eat from it, they didn't die. Instead, we find that now they can procreate and Eve can bring babies into the world with pain. Also, while they used to live all naked like animals, they now wear clothes like civilized beings.

There is one flaw among many in this story: How could a snake speak?

The most common explanations generally flung about, range from the Bible's tales being completely fake and imaginary; or the outrageous claims being a test of our "faith", "faith" meaning to deny that you're a thinking, reasoning being and just say "yes" to everything and not ask questions; to Satan, an utmostly evil being bent on making life miserable on earth for everybody, being in snake's clothing so to speak.

But while we're on a roll, why stop there? Are there any more interesting explanations that talk of other possibilities?

An interesting view is that of Zecharia Sitchin, author of "The 12th Planet", who was raised in Israel, and from a young age wasn't satisfied with the "don't talk back or ask questions" approach of Jewish teaching. Later while working in the U.S. he taught himself to read Sumerian Cuneiform, that is writing that was used in Sumer, mankind's oldest civilization, and he also undertook many journeys to ancient archaeological sites and museums the world over.

He went on to write a very successful series of books, very praised and very criticised alike, containing his own translations of ancient knowledge.

Zecharia Sitchin; July 11, 1920 - October 9, 2010

Getting back to our talking snake story, according to Zecharia Sitchin, the snake does not refer to a snake but to a god whose representing icon was that of a snake. Perhaps even two snakes intertwined.

That certainly would explain why a snake could talk. Of course, one has to understand what a god is first.

In our modern times, the word "God" is freely used to refer to whomever might be behind the creation of our universe. However, originally, and in most all ancient mythologies, "God" refers to a member of the gods, the gods of course being actual (later only mythical) ruling beings, created beings themselves, who each had a domain and a function in ruling earth.

Example of Gods from Greek Mythology

According to Sitchin's Sumerian translation, claiming to be the original story from which an adapted version appeared much later in what we now call The Bible, the story in the Garden Of Eden refers not to two opposite non-physical beings, God and Satan, but instead refers to two brother gods in the Edin, a place in Mesopotamia where the gods had a base for themselves at the time.

The two brothers were called En-Lil and EnKi, En-Lil being the commander of Earth and EnKi being what we would call a scientist, skilled in knowledge of medicine among other things. EnKi's domain was Southern Africa, while En-Lil was more concentrated in the Northern Hemisphere.

In Sitchin's Sumerian version, EnKi the scientist had created man through his scientific knowledge and "upgrading" a homo-erectus, an ape-like man that was already on earth when these gods arrived from heaven (space).

Enki's experiments finally produced a successful human, that would be the black population in Africa. However, later on when Enki had intercourse with his own creations (sex among gods/angels and humans is also described in the Bible), the resulting children were even more fine-tuned, lighter skinned humans with finer features having more god-blood in them.

The Adam and Eve described in the Bible were of these later model fairer skinned humans, brought from Africa to the Edin where the gods had their Divine Garden of Edin.

The gods had created man to serve the gods and work for them. But EnKi went too far in En-Lil's eyes. In order for man to be a slave, man had to only be smart enough to talk and work with his hands, and no more.

But EnKi (the entwined Snake god) gave man of the, to quote the Bible, "fruits from the tree of knowledge". This according to Sitchin meant that among teaching his creation "secrets", he tweaked their DNA so man could have better capabilities and know things, and with knowing things is also implied that man could know a woman and procreate.

And so, man became like god (the gods), smart enough to know and understand things, and to have offspring.

When En-lil found out that man had become smart and could procreate and grow in population and overrun the gods, he was furious with the snake god. He was afraid that EnKi might teach them how to manipulate their DNA so that mankind could live the incredibly long lifespans of hundreds of thousands of years the gods live too (as the Bible puts it, God was afraid mankind might eat from the Tree Of Life and live forever)!.

Enlil chased mankind out of the Edin so they couldn't pick up any more secrets of knowledge of the gods. Though brothers, we find En-lil and En-Ki butting heads a lot from then on. True to the meaning of "Satan", Enki was the opponent of the harsh plans of En-Lil. EnKi was a teacher, a light bearer for mankind (Lucifer also means Light Bearer), which clashed with the plans of the harsh god EnLil. To En-Lil, mankind was just low life slaves and would have to work hard for everything they get.

We can of course see the parrallels of the events with the Bible version, aside from the Bible being manipulated and edited in order to fit in with the monotheistic God and Satan view that came very recently in history in comparison with the age of the Sumerian version.

Also of course, if we were to apply the "Good God" and "Evil Satan" view on them, it would appear that our "Satan" is actually the one who techically created mankind, if you see the Gods not as a collective but individuals.

So, in conclusion, our snake is actually a medical scientist god represented by entwined serpents, the same image the medical profession still use today, either with one or two snakes.

(According to Sitchin, the two snakes represent the double helix of DNA)

Interesting side note; when the Israelites were being bitten by snakes God sent in among them, the way they were cured also involved a snake wrapped around a pole. Perhaps some symbol for medical treatment?

So, there you go, another more complex explanation for why a snake might be told of as a speaking, anthropological entity, instead of the rather silent reptile we know from reality, that says merely more than "Th-th-ss-ss-s-s-s-s!!".

Of course, I represent this only as a possibility and admit I was not present at the time this is claimed to have happened, so once again it comes down to faith and what you choose to believe as your version of the truth. I guess the past is whatever you want it to be since after a long time, nobody can prove you wrong.