Apropos To My Thoughts On The Snake In Genesis 3

Marvin Sweeney writes,

Freed from the presuppositions of historical analysis that the trickster or deceptive nature of G-d’s character in Genesis is simply the product of a primitive and theologically unsophisticated stage in Israelite religious development, scholars are now coming to recognize that divine duplicity and deception cannot be dismissed as the product of primitive culture, but must be taken into account in biblical interpretation (Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Shoah: Engaging Holocaust Theology [Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2008], 25).

While Sweeney has his take on “divine duplicity,” I think that, at least when it comes to Genesis 3, the issue involves tension between the mind of the god and the will of the god. What a god may “know” and what a god may will are not necessarily the same thing.