the snake & the apple
Genesis 2 of the Bible
does not specify which reptilian or amphibian genus the "serpent" of this folktale is
nor the particular genus of the "forbidden fruit"
but by the time Renaissance painters are depicting the tale
what is depicted is a "snake" & an "apple"
how did these artists decide on "snake" & "apple" ?
when did these representations become the accepted iconographic convention (in Europe) ?
(think a majority of scholars would agree with Bananabrain , that
the J-author intends her or his reader to picture a fig as the "fruit")
came across this passage in Hesiod's Theogony (lines 333-336)
& can't help wondering if some medieval Scholastic , reading these lines
(consciously or unconsciously) initiated the convention ? ?
Hesiod said:And Ceto , joined in love to Phorkys , bore
Her youngest child, a frightful snake which guards
The golden apples , in that secret place
Of the dark earth , at its great boundary-line.
i'd also be curious to know what this place
"that secret place of the dark earth" , refers to ? ?
(short of having to read James Fraser's unabridged Golden Bough to find out)
anyone have a clue ?