Tosefta on Soytah (Liehbermann):

"הנחש בקש להרוג את אדם ולישא את חוה"

Rashi on Shabbos 146a:

"כשבא נחש על חוה - כשנתן לה עצה לאכול מן העץ בא עליה
דכתיב (בראשית ג:יג) הנחש השיאני לשון נשואין"

I understand that the snake wanted Chava and that the snake was very cunning.

Why didn’t the snake advise Chava to eat from the tree of life and feed the tree of knowledge to Adam so that he would die and that snake and Chava will live happily ever after?

  • Heavily related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31193. – DonielF Feb 19 '19 at 19:17
  • I don’t get it. You want the snake to have Chavah eat only the Tree of Life and feed Adam from only the Tree of Knowledge? Why would Chavah go along with it? Do you want her to eat from both trees and give Adam from only the Tree of Knowledge? Again, why would she only give Adam from the one tree once she knows the benefits of both of them? – DonielF Feb 19 '19 at 19:19
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    ...Why was this voted as off-topic? – DonielF Feb 20 '19 at 15:47
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    This is exactly the reason not to question Midrashim (you refer to as "I understand". They are rarely consistent and comprehensive - you run into a contradiction very fast. THerefore the only question you can ask is whether somebody tried to elaborate on this point or not. – Al Berko Feb 20 '19 at 20:10
  • This is an interesting summary on the Snake (Hebrew) : aspaklaria.info/050_NUN/… – Al Berko Feb 20 '19 at 20:36

Rav Yom Tov Glaser has an amazing shiur online which deals amongst others with this topic. Basically, as far as I comprehend it, the snake had no interest in either Chava nor Adam. Sure as hell no sexual desires. It was basically an unavoidable predestined setup that had to happen. According to Glaser, Adam and Eve would say 'if we had the chance to rewind time, we would eat from the forbidden tree again and again and again'. Free will and power of choice was born back then.

Source: https://youtu.be/sNG0IIls38Q

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  • Looking forward – Daniel Ross Feb 20 '19 at 23:30
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    @Daniel ross: argh screw it, did the quick search right now. It's an amazing watch and a truly amazing person, I'd say: youtu.be/sNG0IIls38Q . I'd recommend you to make some tea and prepare some biscuits. Don't know the exact time frame that is relevant (even though the entire video is relevant in one way or the other) and it is 45 min long. – Ilja Feb 21 '19 at 0:09
  • All due respect to the Rav, but this goes against the Michtav MeEliyahu's understanding of the incident. – DonielF Feb 21 '19 at 2:07

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