I found this surprisingJewish reading of Genesis being put forward by a self-labeled “conservative” Rabbi.
I’m going to argue that two of the main characters, the snake and God, have often been misunderstood. The snake has gotten a bum rap, and God has usually gotten off much too easily.
Adam and Eve do nothing wrong when they listen to the snake and disobey God by eating the fruit, since God’s command to them was an attempt to keep them in their place, to keep them basically the same as the animals but clearly distinct from God, thereby preserving God’s special status.
In this telling, the Serpent becomes something of a hero. God really seems like a villain. This is a very strange reading to me. Perhaps even more surprising is to actually develop this with connections to other passages about God’s nature. So this reading appears to have some sense “systematic theology” behind it (though I know Jewish conceptions of theology are different).