What I believe is unimportant. I'm going by what I've read in Jesus and the Goddess.
According to that tome, the snake is not part of the loyal opposition at all. It's a manifestation of the goddess to lead humanity towards Gnosis.
For someone who claims to be Gnostic you're very quiet about Gnosis. I may be wrong but I've only seen you mention it once without any explanation at all.
All you do on A2K is deride and insult, you don't even attempt to explain Gnosticism.
As for what Jewish people believe, I'd rather hear it from them if your track record on Gnosticism is anything to go by.
If you are not deriding those who adore a genocidal prick like Yahweh, your morals are not up to where they should be.
That along with deriding Christianity and Islam, two homophobic and misogynous religions.
As to Gnostic Christianity, I push it when I can and if you have any questions, ask away, without telling me what I think.
Here is what the Jews think, both on the stupid literal reading of myths and the Original Virtue we came out of Eden with thanks to the serpent.
That may be why Moses' staff is serpent headed and why the Levites, the priests of Judaism also venerate the serpent.
I hope you can see how intelligent the ancients were as compared to the mental trash that modern preachers and theists are using with the literal reading of myths.
Rabbi Hillel, the older contemporary of Jesus, said that when asked to sum up the whole of Jewish teaching, while he stood on one leg, said, "The Golden Rule. That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the Torah. And everything else is only commentary. Now, go and study it."
Please listen as to what is said about the literal reading of myths.
"Origen, the great second or third century Greek commentator on the Bible said that it is absolutely impossible to take these texts literally. You simply cannot do so. And he said, "God has put these sort of conundrums and paradoxes in so that we are forced to seek a deeper meaning."
Matt 7;12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
This is how early Gnostic Christians view the transition from reading myths properly to destructive literal reading and idol worship.