Common in Palestine, and often mentioned in the Bible from Gen. 3:14 onwards. There existed cobras and vipers. In Malta Paul is said to have been bitten by a snake (Acts 28:3). Not surprisingly, snakes feature also as symbols of evil (Ps. 58:4) and the Devil [[➝ devil]] is called ‘that old serpent’ (Rev. 20:2.). Nevertheless snakes are credited with an enviable wisdom (Matt. 10:16).

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