As one of Jean Kerr's children said when congratulated on being chosen to
play Adam: But the snake has all the lines.
At 05:46 PM 3/5/2000 -1000, you wrote:
> Ha! I can beat your pigeon and Book of Revelation story, hands down.
> Several years ago, when I was teaching western civ at a community
>started out the class on the Hebrew people with a discussion of the assigned
>reading selection from Genesis 1-3. At one point I asked something along the
>lines of "how does evil come into the picture?" Several students answered
>Devil," but I was trying to get them to pay attention to what the text
>I kept asking the question in different ways. Eventually, someone did say
>serpent," but throughout the discussion a group of students over on one
>the classroom kept tittering and then burst out laughing when someone said
> Having had enough, I strolled down the aisle to the zone of laughter, and
>glanced down at a student seated in front of the laughing group--she had a
>snake curled in her hair, like a hair ribbon, except its head and upper body
>where sitting upright waving at the students behind. The student seated
>to her hadn't noticed the snake until I arrived on the scene, but when he
>glanced over to see what was up, he nearly tipped over in his haste to
> The student who owned the snake was very apologetic after class and
>explained that her pet had a doctor's appointment that afternoon and she did
>have time to go home and get him between class and the appointment.
>the snake normally slept in her hair, but when it heard its ancient ancestor
>maligned it decided to put on a show.
> So, there is my snake and Genesis story!
>Hilary Carey wrote:
>> This is not a student howler, as such. But yesterday I ran a class on the
>> Book of Revelation as the first tutorial of a course on millennialism; next
>> week we do Radolfus Glaber and the year 1000. A student entered the class
>> wearing a pigeon (alive) on her head. This was a first. She said that she
>> lived in the country and that the bird was only ten weeks old and got upset
>> when she left it alone.
>> Could not help noticing after this the distinct lack of birds (including
>> pigeons) in the Book of Revelation. Only the eagle (three times: Revelation
>> 4:7, 8:13, 12:14). There are many wings, of course, on the various
>> creatures which adore God. The (wingless?) dragon is thrown out of
>> Michael and his (winged?) angels. The woman clothed with the sun is given
>> the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared
>> for her in the desert (Rev. 12:14).
>> The pigeon behaved beautifully - just as the citations might lead you to
>> Dr Hilary M. Carey
>> Department of History ph: +61 2 49 215209
>> University of Newcastle fax:+61 2 49 216940
>> NSW 2308 AUSTRALIA email: [log in to unmask]