This work is a social history of the devil. The figure of Satan has been a standing puzzle in the history of religion. This study examines his origins and his shifting functions. Satan is not present in classical Jewish sources (and scarcely present in traditional Judaism to this day). Images of Satan began to develop and proliferate in later Jewish sources not included in the Hebrew Bible. The book explores this early history or invention of the devil, and traces Satan's subsequent transformations as one of society's most necessary fictions.
How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
Author: Elaine Pagels
From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan’s story into an audacious exploration of Christianity’s shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike.
If the Devil exists, where is he? Is he really in a place called hell? If so, where is that? This well-researched book may shock you by exposing all the basic facts about the devil. Things like: -- The origins of hell. -- Where the Christian Devil was borrowed from. -- Why the church needed a "bad guy" to represent evil. -- What the words Devil and hell really meant in the Old Testament. -- "Endless punishment" and its devastating effects. -- The Devils twin brother -- God!! Was this true? -- Why God was the author of evil according to the Bible. These and other startling facts are found in this work. Don't just accept the reality of the Devil blindly. Read this book and decide for yourself if he exists!
Release on 2009-09 | by Jacob Poelman,Johanna Smelik
Or the Beginning & End of Satan, Devil, Serpent, Dragon Or Evil
Author: Jacob Poelman,Johanna Smelik
Historical & Scriptural information opens up the history of Satan while avoiding use of tradition, fear and imagination. Poelman provides harmonious answers in the context of God's love and purpose that reveals how truth, righteousness, justice, love & etc., are the 'links' of the symbolic 'chain', which gradually binds evil, Satan, Devil, Serpent and Dragon as the Gospel Age metamorphoses into the Kingdom of God. Willing hearts, overcoming fear, anger, guilt, hate, greed, prejudice, jealousy, In the Lord's spirit causes evil to fade from society, bringing Jesus the Christ's Kingdom into existance. it is God's spirit of truth, peace, justice, righteousness, love and mercy manifested through people creating or supporting numerous financial, mental, medical, physical, civil and religious changes countering the evils effecting mankind, which improves the well-being of all, thus bringing the kingdom of Jesus the Christ into existence. Therefore 'evil'; the Apostle John calls it Satan, Devil, Serpent, Dragon, (Rev. 12:9) conceived in the minds of men, which has brought neighbor against neighbor, nation against nation and Christian's against Christian's is being overcome, For today, evil is being revealed, identified and gradually bound as the Kingdom of Jesus the Christ grows to eventually cover the earth by the end of a thousand years of restitution. Acts 3:20,21.
Release on 2014-12-09 | by T. J. Wray,Gregory Mobley
Tracing the Devil's Biblical Roots
Author: T. J. Wray,Gregory Mobley
Pubpsher: St. Martin's Press
Of all the demons, monsters, fiends, and ogres to preoccupy the western imagination in literature, art, and film, no figure has been more feared—or misunderstood--than Satan. But how accurate are the popular images of Satan? How--and why--did this rather minor biblical character morph into the very embodiment of evil? T.J. Wray and Gregory Mobley guide readers on a journey to retrace Satan's biblical roots. Engaging and informative, The Birth of Satan is a must read for anyone who has ever wondered about the origins of the Devil.