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4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[c] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
Note that the Serpent of Genesis is cursed by the creator god and is already, therefore, in virtue of that only reason,
the best candidate to be ''crucified''.
Note also how the killer is Moses, the giver of the Law. So there is at least a sense by which the Law
kills the Serpent.
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.