This article aims to discuss the interrelations between human and animals from the perspective of comparative reading of biblical narratives and Chinese classic texts. By reviewing animal symbolism in these two traditions, this article argues that the Chinese symbolic animals are closer to nature, and the biblical symbolic animals are depicted with political and theological reflection. The article reads the garden of Eden narrative with a cross-textual approach, the understanding of she in traditional Chinese culture shed light on the serpent, an alternative interpretation of the serpent's theological importance is unveiled.

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