Satan: The Early Christian Tradition

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Satan is both a revealing study of the compelling figure of the Devil and an imaginative and persuasive inquiry into the forces that shape a concept and ensure its survival.
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Overview

Satan is both a revealing study of the compelling figure of the Devil and an imaginative and persuasive inquiry into the forces that shape a concept and ensure its survival.
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"Russell has complete mastery of his material, and the book's sweep is grand—- a tour of the first five centuries of Christian intellectual history with the spotlight on the villain instead of the hero. . . . Satan is a vaulable introduction to the theological portion of the Western Devil tradition."—Speculum
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801494130
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1987
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    Who is this Satan guy anyway?

    Jeffery Burtons Russell's second installment of his series about The Prince of Darkness is a fantastic introduction to what early Christian thinkers decided was the origin of Satan and the nature of evil in general. Many of our modern ideas about Satan stem from the period covered in this book, while other strange concepts have obviously dissapearred. Two side highlights I enjoyed from this book were the snippets of conversations between monks and demons and the (new to me) story of Jesus dying on the cross so that he could kick in the gates of hell, give Satan whatfor and free the damned. I highly recommend this book for beleivers, skeptics and pagans alike.

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