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It may come as a surprise to some of the readers of this book that there is no devil, Devil, or Devil in the Book of Genesis.  The interpretation of the Serpent in the Garden of Eden as the Devil is one of those retro-fittings of past data with later ideas that I noted in my Preface.  Later on, we will see some of the ways in which this transformation occurred.  When we look at the beginning of Genesis with unblinkered eyes, we see that there is no creation or fall of Angels, but only a very clever talking Serpent (let’s give him a capital letter, however, because he is clearly unique).