Do you think it was common for animals to talk to humans prior to the fall? It is not recorded that Eve was surprised by the serpent talking to her. It seems that if animals didn't talk that a talking serpent would have been an odd thing. Also, Adam met with each of the animals to give them a name and to see if they were suitable for his helper. Is it conceivable that he was able to speak to them during this meeting time?
Thought about this today and wanted to get some other opinions.
Nachash can mean "Shining One": http://www.bibleunde...com/serpent.htm
(2 Corinthians 11:14) "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
(Ezekiel 28:13) "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created."
All those stones refract Light
Not tied to it, found it interesting.