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Brazen Serpent, bronze serpent
In the biblical Book of Numbers, the Nehushtan (or Nohestan) (Hebrew: נחושתן or נחש הנחושת) was a "bronze serpent" on a pole which God told Moses to erect to prevent the Israelites who saw it of dying from the bites of "fiery serpents" which God had sent to punish them for speaking against God and Moses.
Later in the biblical story, King Hezekiah institutes a religious iconoclastic reform and destroys "the brazen serpent that Moses had made; for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it; [it was called |and he called it] Nehushtan." (2 Kings 18:4)
The brazen serpent, Sébastien Bourdon
The Brazen Serpent, Corrado Giaquinto
See also : Bible, Paintings, Drawings