Evolution in Genesis

Posted on August 6, 2008


A recent article at JPost.com entitled “Evolution of a slither – study tracks snake’s loss of legs” suggests that perhaps evolution can be interpretively found in the book of Genesis. The original Nature article can be downloaded here for a [not so] small fee. Though technical, it is the source for the JPost.com article.

A venomous snake inserts its fang into a glove held by a trainer

A venomous snake inserts its fang into a glove held by a trainer

Below is the full text of the Genesis 3:14 quote in the original Hebrew so as to minimize potential deviant interpretations.

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִ֥ים אֶֽל־הַנָּחָשׁ כִּ֣י עָשִׂ֣יתָ זֹּאת אָרוּר אַתָּה מִכָּל־הַבְּהֵמָ֔ה וּמִכֹּל חַיַּ֣ת הַשָּׂדֶה עַל־גְּחֹנְךָ תֵלֵ֔ךְ וְעָפָר תֹּאכַל כָּל־יְמֵי חַיֶּיךָ

and YHWH Elohim said to the serpent/snake because you did this cursed [are] you [above]/between all the [domesticated] animals and all the living [of] the field [.] on your belly you will [walk]/go and dust you will eat all the days of your life.


I’ve written before about the relationship between science (specifically evolutionary biology) and theology, and so this is just an added nuance that could help substantiate that vein of thinking. It must be said, however, that the connection between the Nature abstract and Genesis 3:14 is still interpretative.

However, I will suggest that interpretative compatibility seems more reasonable and plausible as opposed to a more polarized position on the issue; one that suggests that evolutionary biology is wrong and the Bible is “right” when it describes a “literal six-day creation” reality.