Suppose the serpent in this case had a boner; surely Cowdery's account would bear additional narrative. In that case, I can imagine Cowdery equating the depiction of a snake having a boner as an evil omen, the temptations of the devil -- the sure sign of the boner -- in which it represents the depravity and sexual sins of the world.Hagoth wrote: ↑Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:03 pmAnd that's how Oliver Cowdery interpreted a similar (albeit bonerless) image in the Ta-Shert-Min (Book of Joseph) papyrus:
“The serpent, represented as walking, or formed in a manner to be able to walk, standing in front of and near a female figure, is to me one of the greatest representations I have ever seen upon paper, or a writing substance; and must go so far towards convincing the rational mind of the correctness and divine authority of the holy scriptures” (Messenger and Advocate, Dec 1835, Vol II No. 3, pg. 236)
It's interesting to note how Cowdery offhandedly suggests that it was Joseph in Egypt who is the author and artist of the Book of Joseph and the roll in their possession is *that* very roll penned by Joseph in ancient times. Cowdery alludes to ancient Joseph being the author when he says "the correctness and divine authority of the holy scriptures" is represented on the very papyrus at hand. Hence the correctness and authority of the roll of Joseph is based on the assertion that it's Joseph's actual roll, his handiwork or a literal 3,500 year old autograph. Compared to Abraham's roll and writing, Joseph was said to have been the "better scribe".