Satan: A Biography

Satan: A Biography

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by Henry Ansgar Kelly
     
 

"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 Henry 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… See more details below

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"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 Henry 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521604024
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
642,795
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. IHebrew backgrounds
1The Old Testament13
2Apocryphal works and the Dead Sea scrolls32
Pt. IIThe New Testament : Satan comes into his own
3St. Paul, the first Christian writer53
4The four gospels80
5Later epistles114
6The apocalypse of John the divine141
7Putting the New Testament together : a composite portrait of Satan in canonical order168
Pt. IIISatan and Adam
8Satan's original sin : felling Adam175
Pt. IVThe rise of the fallen Lucifer
9Lucifer and the new biography of Satan191
10Satan and the human race215
11Theorizing Satan242
12Satan in literature and art265
Pt. VSatan in the modern world
13Temptation and possession299
14Doubts and affirmations308

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