Clive wrote:It's the whole sequence not all from Genesis , snake bite is one item. Homer's odyssey, Paul defeating death by snake, Jonah, justice, the four elements.
It is another mythological tale of salvation and new beginnings. What is interesting how the clear motif of Paul as Christ has been missed!
This got me thinking about how we decide what is a real set of allusions.
I don't think we are falling into the parallelomania trap here because we can expect the author of Acts to be aware of the Genesis motifs and to be willing to deploy them if they served his purposes.
Where I think the parallels fail is that they add nothing to the explanatory power of the Acts' scenario and narrative. If we interpret Paul's experience through Genesis then what is added to the meaning of the narrative of Paul and Acts overall? I see nothing more than any potential parallels as being a clever but ultimately pointless cameo. This is not least because the Acts scene appears some time before the end of Acts and we'd expect a commentary on Genesis 1-2 to be found at the end of Acts, or at least whatever did appear at the end of Acts was somehow closely tied with that snake episode.
I think the trap here is to go with word associations in the absence of pre-defined criteria for parallels. It would be interesting to find some of the standard criteria used -- e.g. MacDonald's, Brodie's, Allison's... -- and test each allusion against such a set.