Immaculate Conception

Taylor Marshall discusses Genesis 3:15 here. Does ‘he’ crush the serpent’s head or does ‘she’ crush the serpent’s head? Scholars argue for both readings. The first points to the role of the Blessed Virgin in salvation history. The second to her son. See what you think. Meanwhile, The Anchoress has a great round up of posts for the feast day.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15298459502431357489 ben

    I've always thought that "she" was a little ambiguous in the passage. "I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers. She will strike at your head…" Does "She" refer to the woman or the woman's daughter? If we accept "the woman" as Mary, and if Mary is the one striking at the head of the serpent, then why would the passage mention her offspring.The various paintings of Mary Exterminatrix of Heresies would support "she" in the passage, I guess.I don't know any biblical languages, so I can't say which is correct. I just have to do the best I can with the various English translations.


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