November 23, 2013 12:00 AM

What are we to make of Isaiah’s mythical cockatrice and the flying fiery serpent?

The Rev. Eugene Curry, senior pastor, Park Hill Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo.: Translating animal names in ancient documents is notoriously tricky because the specific identity of the things mentioned can’t always be deduced from context alone. The “cockatrice” of the Old Testament is a great example of this.

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