The very first sentence is:
“We begin our study in Genesis 3, a passage which describes the deceptive methods Satan has used successfully in the course of human history.”
Which is abjectly wrong. Satan doesn’t appear in Genesis.
The serpent who spoke to Eve is rather oddly described as, “The serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field Yahweh had made.”
So, a smart animal that Yahweh didn’t create? It does seem an odd statement!
Not the Christian devil. Not the Jewish haś·śā·ṭān, the adversary in the heavenly court. Nope. A serpent. One of many depicted in the bible and in many writings from the time.
“Satan told Eve two related lies. The first was that if she disobeyed God’s explicit commandment, she would not die. The second was that if she ate the fruit, she would not need to depend on God to distinguish between good and evil, because she would be like God, and her own wisdom would enable her to make that distinction.”
Actually, based on the text, the serpent didn’t lie to Eve at all. Here are parts of the text that show as much:
And commanded Yahweh to the man, saying of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
And said the serpent to the woman, you will not surely die! For Yahweh knows that in the day that you eat of it, then your eyes will be opened and you will be like Yahweh, knowing good and evil.
And then that is exactly what happened!
So when the woman saw that it was good, and pleasant, and desirable, she then took of it’s fruit and ate. And she gave also fruit to the man beside her and he ate.
And their eyes were opened, and they saw that they were naked…
And Yahweh said, who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree I commanded you to not eat from?
And Yahweh said, behold mankind has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil.
The snake didn’t lie. Yahweh’s threat that in the day they ate whey would die didn’t happen.
Instead, their eyes were opened and they became like the gods, knowing the difference between good and evil, and then Yahweh rewarded them, in a sense:
“The man named the woman Eve (“the living”) because she was to become the mother of all the living.”
While Christians typically read Genesis 3 as “The Fall”, there is another compelling way to read it. Jews commonly read the story of Adam and Eve as the story of humanity growing up:
First humans are naked and oblivious, and given rules to follow, not understanding why. Like toddlers. Then they break the rules and their eyes are opened. They realize they’re naked. They understand the difference between good and evil. They feel shame. But they are still lovingly taken care of by God, clothed, given tasks, and sent away from the nursery to start their own family - indeed, to kick off humanity.