Satan: A Biography

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Cambridge University Press, 17.08.2006 - 360 Seiten
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 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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Nutzerbericht  - DubiousDisciple - LibraryThing

A strange book; I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. Kelly’s premise, and he is quite serious, is that Satan is a badly misunderstood fellow. That the Satan we know today bears little or no ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Nutzerbericht  - M. T. Whallete - Christianbook.com

Most of us inherited our concept of Satan, and it is saturated in unfounded and fictional beliefs. Kelly does a remarkable job of peeling away the layers of traditional sediment that have accumulated ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

1 The Old Testament
13
the spy
21
satan and
28
2 Apocryphal works and the
32
belial
41
3 St Paul the first Christian
51
4 The four Gospels
80
homicidal liar
107
7 Putting the New Testament
168
73
171
9 Lucifer and the NEW BIOGRAPHY
189
enemy
199
10 Satan and the Human Race
215
straight man fall
218
11 Theorizing Satan
242
12 Satan in literature and art
265

5 Later Epistles
114
the nondiabolical fall of the
131
6 The Apocalypse of John
141
jesus as the good lucifer in
164
scary and suave
277
13 Temptation and possession
299
14 Doubts and affirmations
308

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Über den Autor (2006)

Henry Ansgar Kelly is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of English and Director of the Center of Medieval Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

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