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Nahash in Wikipedia
The word nahash is Hebrew for "serpent". According to Antoine
Fabre d'Olivet, the proper translation from Ancient Hebrew of
Nahash is closer to cupidity or original attraction.
According to Eliphas Levi, "The word Nahash, explained by the
symbolical letters of the Tarot signifies rigorously:
14 נNUN.-The power which produces combinations.
5 הHE.-The recipient and passive producer of forms.
21 שׁSHIN.-The natural and central fire equilibrated by double
Thus, the word employed by Moses, read kabalistically, gives
the description and definition of that magical Universal
Agent, represented in all theogonies by the serpent;"
Nahash of Ammon in Wikipedia
Nahash was the name of a king of Ammon, mentioned in the
Books of Samuel. In the surviving account in the Bible,
Nahash appears abruptly as the attacker of Jabesh-Gilead,
which lay outside the territory he laid claim to. Having
subjected the occupants to a siege, the population sought
terms for surrender, and were told by Nahash that they had a
choice of death (by the sword) or having their right eye
gouged out. Somehow (the passage not explaining the
difficult accomplishment) the population obtained seven days
grace from Nahash, during which they would be allowed to
seek help from the Israelites, after which (if the help
didn't arrive) they would have to submit to the terms of
surrender. In the account, the occupants sought help from
the Kingdom of Israel, sending messengers to Saul, and he
responded by sending an army that decisively defeated Nahash
and his cohorts.
The strangely cruel terms given by Nahash for surrender were
explained by Josephus as being the usual practice of Nahash.
A more complete explanation has more recently come to light;
although not present in either the Septuagint or masoretic
text, an introductory passage, preceding this narrative, was
found in a copy of the Books of Samuel among the Dead Sea