Thursday, July 8, 2010

Genesis: Chapters 1-3

I bet you didn't know all animals were vegetarians in the Garden of Eden, but they were! My mother often asks, without a trace of irony, why 'we can't just train all the animals to be vegetarian'; I suppose we lost that privilege due to Original Sin.

You probably also didn't know that the snake lost his legs as a result of his mischief. Any artwork depicting a legless snake hissing in Eve's ear is WRONG. When the snake lost the ability to speak and be kind of a smartass is not mentioned; this is apparently not as important as the name of Cain's great-great-great-great grandson, Tubalcain. To be fair, Tubalcain is an AWESOME name.


  1. I did know that the serpent lost its legs! It's amusing that a stupid serpent seduced eve and not like the devil at all. Also, what's with the serpent (later snake) being the only talking animal, or are there others? Can all the animals talk?

  2. TUBALCain? I don't know if the rest of the Bible can top that one.


  3. Darn! I was going to name my firstborn "Tuballaura," but now it will seem derivative.

    I didn't know that about the snake either! It is weird to think of a snake with legs tempting Eve. What was it, like a salamander? Or more like a dragon? Was it snake-sized?