Satan A Biography
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Description: Christians traditionally think of Satan as Lucifer, God's enemy, who rebelled against Him out of pride and then caused Adam and Eve to sin. But, as Ansgar Kelly shows, this portrayal is not biblical but a scenario invented by the early Fathers of the Church which became the 'New Biography of Satan'. The 'Original Biography' must be reconstructed from the New Testament where Satan is the same sort of celestial functionary we see in the Book of Job - appointed to govern the world, specifically to monitor and test human beings. But he is brutal and deceitful in his methods, and Jesus predicts that his rule will soon come to an end. Kelly traces the further developments of the 'New Biography': humankind's inherited guilt, captivity by Satan, and punishment in Hell at his hands. This profile of Satan remains dominant, but Kelly urges a return to the 'Original Biography of Satan'.
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/14/2006
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|List of illustrations|
|List of abbreviations|
|The Old Testament|
|Apocryphal works and the Dead Sea Scrolls|
|The New Testament: Satan Comes Into His Own|
|St. Paul, the first Christian writer|
|The four Gospels|
|The apocalypse of John the Divine|
|Putting the New Testament together: a composite portrait of Satan in canonical order|
|Satan and Adam|
|Satanï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s original sin: felling Adam|
|The Rise of the Fallen Lucifer|
|Lucifer and the new biography of Satan|
|Satan and the human race|
|Satan in literature and art|
|Satan in the Modern World|
|Temptation and possession|
|Doubts and affirmations|
|Summary and conclusion|
|Index of passages|