Remarkable biological evidence for the Genesis account of the serpent

‘On Thy Belly Shalt Thou Go …’

Remarkable biological evidence for the Genesis account of the serpent


Just about everybody knows the story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden, who deceived Eve into eating of the "forbidden fruit." It’s commonly dismissed as a myth. What many don’t realize, though, is just how much science has to say about the Genesis account of the serpent—specifically, regarding a very peculiar detail.

As told in Genesis 3 and other scriptures, Satan took on the form of a "serpent" in order to get close to Eve and persuade her to choose to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His ruse was successful—both Adam and Eve ate of the fruit. Later, when God approached Adam and asked what he had done, he proceeded to blame his wife, and Eve proceeded to blame the serpent. God cursed all three.

"And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life …" (Genesis 3:14)

This verse shows that—despite the widespread classic artistic depictions of the account—early snakes had legs, but would now be condemned to snake around on their bellies.


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