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“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”  –- Indiana Jones,  Raiders of the Lost Ark [1981]

Perhaps, because I was tought it wrong, I always believed that the biblical story of the woman and the snake went something like this: “..and the heel of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent,” but after some research, I learned, that’s incorrect.

The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

The Mother, the Child, and the Serpent

Caravaggio's Madonna dei Palafrenieri, first exhibited in Saint Peter's Basilica in 1606

So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God…

SERPENT

Except, in this modern version of the story, it is the woman who does the damage, after all.

…elderly Chinese woman who discovered a snake with a clawed hand protruding from its body was so scared she beat it to death… “I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw.” …then grabbed a shoe and beat the snake…

snake-born-with-hand

see also: Snake born with hand shocks scientists, Genesis 3:15, Revelation 12:17

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“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”  –Indiana Jones,  Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981


snake_bite_Austin copysee also:  Drought Provoking Snake Bites In Central Texas, Austin ER sees more snakebite casesLocal ER visits for snakebites are up

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