The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer

The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer


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Andrew David Naselli traces the theme of serpent, dragon, and dragon slayer through the Bible from the garden to the new heaven, helping readers experience the unity of the Scriptures. Part of the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433567971
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Series: Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 679,791
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of systematic theology and New Testament at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and one of the pastors of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers. Dane lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Naperville, Illinois.

Miles V. Van Pelt (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, academic dean, and director of the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Reformed Church in Madison, Mississippi. He and his wife, Laurie, have four children.

Table of Contents

Series Preface 11

Preface 13

Introduction: Why We Love Dragon-Slaying Stories 17

1 The Deceitful Snake in Genesis 3 33

2 Snakes and Dragons between the Bible's Bookends-Part 1: The Good, the Bad, and the Ultimate Serpent 49

3 Snakes and Dragons between the Bible's Bookends-Part 2: Six Offspring of the Serpent 69

4 The Devouring Dragon in Revelation 12 and 20 105

Conclusion: Living in Light of the Story of the Serpent and the Serpent Slayer 123

Appendix: How Often Does the Bible Explicitly Mention Serpents? 133

General Index 143

Scripture Index 149

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From the Publisher

“The Bible’s narrative is essentially an unfolding of the conflict promise embedded in Genesis 3:15. Everything between the covers of Scripture is contextualized by the ways the serpent seeks to destroy the seed of the woman. But the end of the story is promised from the beginning: although the serpent grows large into a fierce dragon, its head is finally crushed by a Lion who, even before creation, was destined to become a slain Lamb. This conflict is not Scripture’s only unifying theme, but it is a fundamental one, and Andy Naselli highlights it wonderfully. He provides us with a key that will open the door to a new appreciation of the sheer thrilling nature of what God has done for us in Christ. Prepare, then, to be thrilled by The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer!”
—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“Noted biblical scholar Andy Naselli draws readers into the biblical story through a fresh vantage point—snakes! In this enjoyable book there is considerable insight into Satan, the fall, Christ’s victory, and our future.”
—Christopher W. Morgan, Dean of the School of Christian Ministries and Professor of Theology, California Baptist University

“Knowing our enemy is important. Read this if you want to understand the schemes of the serpent seen throughout Scripture. But even more importantly, we must know the serpent slayer. Read this if you want to see how Jesus defeats the dragon and rescues his bride. What a Savior!”
—Abigail Dodds, author, (A)Typical Woman: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ

“Snakes deceive; dragons devour! But the serpent slayer is greater still! This book traces the hope of the gospel from the garden in Genesis to the new Jerusalem in Revelation. It identifies the deceptive and devouring purposes of the serpent in Scripture’s storyline, but it magnifies how the Old Testament anticipates and the New Testament realizes the victory of Christ for and through his church. This book models well how to trace a biblical-theological theme through the whole of Scripture, and it is infused with hope in the one who triumphs through great tribulation.”
—Jason S. DeRouchie, Research Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In this slim book, Andy Naselli does what he does best: he gathers, organizes, and presents Scripture so that you can see for yourself what the Bible says about serpents and the serpent slayer. The Bible’s understanding of snakes and dragons is ‘thick’—it is woven into the fabric of redemptive history from Genesis to Revelation. If you love stories where the hero kills the dragon to get the girl, then this book is for you.”
—Joe Rigney, Assistant Professor of Theology and Literature, Bethlehem College & Seminary; author, The Things of Earth and Strangely Bright

“Dragons and serpents have fascinated the human race from time immemorial, whether in secular or sacred literature. In The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer, Andy Naselli fascinates us again with intriguing observations and exegetical insights. Every reader will benefit from this concise biblical theology, understanding afresh that while the Bible is a simple story—as simple as ‘Kill the dragon, get the girl!’—it is also of dramatic interest from start to finish. Naselli also provides us with a timely reminder that the devil is real and active today, deceiving and devouring people; yet the church is not without hope: Christ has crushed the serpent, and one day so too will his church.”
—Jonathan Gibson, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

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