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The Origin of Satan

Author: Elaine H. Pagels

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679731180

Category: Religion

Page: 214

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A study of the role of the devil in biblical and modern times theorizes that dissident social gorups that resisted Christianity, such as pagans and Jews, were typically portrayed as demons and therefore established as threats. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.

The Origin of Satan

Author: Elaine H. Pagels

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780140153682

Category: Bible

Page: 214

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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.

The Quest for the Historical Satan

Author: Miguel A. De La Torre,Albert Hernández

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451414811

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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For centuries the figure of Satan has incarnated absolute evil. Existing alongside more intellectualist interpretations of evil, Satan has figured largely in Christian practices, devotions, popular notions of the afterlife, and fears of retribution in the beyond. Satan remains an influential reality today in many Christian traditions and in popular culture. But how should Satan be understood today? "The Quest for the Historical Satan excavates cultural, historical, religious, and morally constructed productions of evil within Christianity, from myth and legend to the complex ways people conjure the embodiment of evil and harm. De La Torre and Hernßndez are engaging sleuths as they carefully examine Satan's conception and his presence in modernity and through the ages. The wrestle with the spiritual notions of Good and Evil and justice and injustice.-Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan Professor of Theology and Women's Studies Shaw University Divinity School

The Origin & Demise of Satan

Or the Beginning & End of Satan, Devil, Serpent, Dragon Or Evil

Author: Jacob Poelman,Johanna Smelik

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 144900296X

Category: Religion

Page: 456

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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.


A Biography

Author: Henry Ansgar Kelly

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521843391

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

View: 7899

This study shows how the Satan of the New Testament became the modern day personification of evil.

The Gnostic Gospels

Author: Elaine Pagels

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588364173

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time The Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long-buried roots of Christianity, a work of luminous scholarship and wide popular appeal. First published in 1979 to critical acclaim, winning the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Gnostic Gospels has continued to grow in reputation and influence over the past two decades. It is now widely recognized as one of the most brilliant and accessible histories of early Christian spirituality published in our time. In 1945 an Egyptian peasant unearthed what proved to be the Gnostic Gospels, thirteen papyrus volumes that expounded a radically different view of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ from that of the New Testament. In this spellbinding book, renowned religious scholar Elaine Pagels elucidates the mysteries and meanings of these sacred texts both in the world of the first Christians and in the context of Christianity today. With insight and passion, Pagels explores a remarkable range of recently discovered gospels, including the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, to show how a variety of “Christianities” emerged at a time of extraordinary spiritual upheaval. Some Christians questioned the need for clergy and church doctrine, and taught that the divine could be discovered through spiritual search. Many others, like Buddhists and Hindus, sought enlightenment—and access to God—within. Such explorations raised questions: Was the resurrection to be understood symbolically and not literally? Was God to be envisioned only in masculine form, or feminine as well? Was martyrdom a necessary—or worthy—expression of faith? These early Christians dared to ask questions that orthodox Christians later suppressed—and their explorations led to profoundly different visions of Jesus and his message. Brilliant, provocative, and stunning in its implications, The Gnostic Gospels is a radical, eloquent reconsideration of the origins of the Christian faith.

The Birth of Satan

Tracing the Devil's Biblical Roots

Author: T. J. Wray,Gregory Mobley

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466886889

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 1978

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.

Deconstructing Lucifer

Reexamining the Ancient Origins of the Fallen Angel of Light

Author: David W. Lowe

Publisher: David W. Lowe

ISBN: 9780615533865

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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Lucifer said "I will ascend into heaven..." Have you ever wondered where the story of the fall of Lucifer originated? Was Satan really once a beautiful heavenly angel named Lucifer? Did God cast Lucifer out of heaven because he was filled with pride? Did Satan lead an ancient rebellion of one third of the angels against God? DECONSTRUCTING LUCIFER delves deep into the history of the story of Lucifer to answer these and many other questions about Satan and his origins. Investigate the earliest sources in order to determine who was responsible for the story of Lucifer and its ultimate adoption as a mainstream teaching. Hebrew, Greek, and Latin word studies will serve to illuminate the relevant passages of scripture for you, uncovering their proper meaning. In the end, you will be equipped with answers to the toughest questions about the origin of Satan, the source of evil in the world, and the sovereignty of God in allowing them to exist.

The Devil

Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity

Author: Jeffrey Burton Russell

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801494093

Category: Religion

Page: 276

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Traces the evolution of the concept of evil from ancient times to the period of the New Testament, calling attention to ideas about the Devil in Eastern and Western cultures

The Origin of Evil

Author: Chuck Missler

Publisher: Koinonia House

ISBN: 1578216249

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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When did Satan fall? We know that the angels were created prior to the Earth. We find Satan had already fallen in Genesis 3. The mystery is, when did he fall? It appears that there are substantial Scriptural references to his rebellion, his agenda, and the subsequent catastrophic judgment that ensued. This raises the whole issue of the origin of evil. And why hasn't God simply wiped him, and sin, out completely? It is also disturbing to recognize that Satan tempted Jesus by offering him the kingdom, power and the glory in the temptations recorded in Luke 5. How could Satan lay a legitimate claim to these?

The Origin of Satan

How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics

Author: Elaine Pagels

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307807363

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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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.

Reading Judas

The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity

Author: Elaine Pagels,Karen L. King

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101202130

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 5464

The instant New York Times bestseller interpreting the controversial long-lost gospel The recently unearthed Gospel of Judas is a source of fascination for biblical scholars and lay Christians alike. Now two leading experts on the Gnostic gospels tackle the important questions posed by its discovery, including: How could any Christian imagine Judas to be Jesus' favorite? And what kind of vision of God does the author offer? Working from Karen L. King's brilliant new translation, Elaine Pagels and King provide the context necessary for considering its meaning. Reading Judas plunges into the heart of Christianity itself and will stand as the definitive look at the gospel for years to come.


Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

Author: Elaine H. Pagels

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143121634

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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Explores the New Testament book of Revelation in a historical first-century context, reinterpreting the book as a scathing attack on the decadence of Rome that was subsequently adopted by early Christians as a weapon against heresy.

Biography of Satan

A Historical Exposition of the Devil and His Fiery Dominions

Author: Kersey Graves

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1602062501

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Though his work has been discredited in some of its details, the atheistic writings and freethinking philosophies of American spiritualist KERSEY GRAVES (1813-1883) remain vital reading today for the more informed critiques of Christianity that they inspired. In this daring book, first published in 1880, Graves condemns the brutal Christian doctrine of eternal punishment through revealing the pagan origins of such concepts as the bottomless pit, lakes of fire and brimstone, the casting out of devils, and other foundational aspects of Christian belief. Students of comparative mythology, modern freethinkers, and anyone interested in demonic folklore will find this Victorian curio an intriguing exposition of ancient folklore. ALSO AVAILABLE FROM COSIMO: Graves's The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors and The Bible of Bibles

I See Satan Fall Like Lightning

Author: René Girard

Publisher: Gracewing Publishing

ISBN: 9780852442906

Category: Contraception

Page: 199

View: 1919

Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

Sex and Politics in Early Christianity

Author: Elaine Pagels

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307807355

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 4992

Deepens and refreshes our view of early Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to us. How did the early Christians come to believe that sex was inherently sinful? When did the Fall of Adam become synonymous with the fall of humanity? What turned Christianity from a dissident sect that championed the integrity of the individual and the idea of free will into the bulwark of a new imperial order—with the central belief that human beings cannot not choose to sin? In this provocative masterpiece of historical scholarship Elaine Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked the early church as it confronted the riddles of sexuality, freedom, and sin as embodied in the story of Genesis. And she shows how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the soul.

Satan Exposed

Defeating the Powers of Darkness

Author: Larry Richards

Publisher: Chosen Books

ISBN: 1441228993

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 9048

Bestselling Author Makes Spiritual Warfare Strategies Accessible to All It seems strange to consider: The Creator of the universe is at war with one of his own creatures. The cosmic battle with evil is real, however, and spilling over into the lives of unsuspecting dwellers here on earth. In this evangelically friendly approach to spiritual warfare, Richards describes the invisible war raging around us. Through careful analysis and exceptional scriptural insight, he exposes the origin of evil, the demonic hierarchy, and Satan's current strategies. Richards then helps God's people go on the offensive. This revealing look at deliverance will help even the most cautious believers participate in Jesus's victory and move confidently to defeat the power of darkness in their own lives.

Beyond Belief

The Secret Gospel of Thomas

Author: Elaine Pagels

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 140007908X

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy. Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship from an international group of researchers, Pagels returns to her investigation of the “secret” Gospel of Thomas, and breathes new life into writings once thought heretical. As she arrives at an ever-deeper conviction in her own faith, Pagels reveals how faith allows for a diversity of interpretations, and that the “rogue” voices of Christianity encourage and sustain “the recognition of the light within us all.”

Children of Lucifer

The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism

Author: Ruben van Luijk

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019027512X

Category: Religion

Page: 880

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If we are to believe sensationalist media coverage, Satanism is, at its most benign, the purview of people who dress in black, adorn themselves with skull and pentagram paraphernalia, and listen to heavy metal. At its most sinister, its adherents are worshippers of evil incarnate and engage in violent and perverse secret rituals, the details of which mainstream society imagines with a fascination verging on the obscene. Children of Lucifer debunks these facile characterizations by exploring the historical origins of modern Satanism. Ruben van Luijk traces the movement's development from a concept invented by a Christian church eager to demonize its internal and external competitors to a positive (anti-)religious identity embraced by various groups in the modern West. Van Luijk offers a comprehensive intellectual history of this long and unpredictable trajectory. This story involves Romantic poets, radical anarchists, eccentric esotericists, Decadent writers, and schismatic exorcists, among others, and culminates in the establishment of the Church of Satan by carnival entertainer Anton Szandor LaVey. Yet it is more than a collection of colorful characters and unlikely historical episodes. The emergence of new attitudes toward Satan proves to be intimately linked to the ideological struggle for emancipation that transformed the West and is epitomized by the American and French Revolutions. It is also closely connected to secularization, that other exceptional historical process which saw Western culture spontaneously renounce its traditional gods and enter into a self-imposed state of religious indecision. Children of Lucifer makes the case that the emergence of Satanism presents a shadow history of the evolution of modern civilization as we know it. Offering the most comprehensive account of this history yet written, van Luijk proves that, in the case of Satanism, the facts are much more interesting than the fiction.

NIrV, The Kid's Devotional Bible, eBook

Over 300 Devotions

Author: Zonderkidz,

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0310726557

Category: Bibles

Page: 1664

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Get into God’s Word every day! A year’s worth of devotions written for kids ages 6-10 Completely updated with a new fun design New features that encourages Bible study A Bible kids can read themselves New International Reader’s Version, The NIV for kids!™ Help your children develop a good habit they’ll want to keep. With all new eye-catching illustrations and design, The Kids’ Devotional Bible makes Bible reading fun! Updated and expanded features include: Short weekday devotions that help young readers apply Bible lessons for a full year 52 weekend devotions that teach kids about God’s creation through fun activities like visiting the zoo and gazing at the stars New “Got It” feature that encourages kids to find answers to Bible trivia themselves Book introductions that give helpful information about each book of the Bible A dictionary to look up words they want to know more about The complete NIrV text, which uses shorter sentences and easier words. Kids can read this Bible on their own! Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding your souls.

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