The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics

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The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics

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Originally from Jewish apocalyptic sources, the description of the cosmic struggle between good and evil far predates the stories of Jesus of Nazareth. This conception of evil personified brought about a split between several groups, with the “sons of light” and the “sons of darkness” fighting against each other. The conflict between Jesus and the mysterious being named Satan actually represents the conflict between Jesus and those who denied his teachings or pushed for his crucifixion. Additional conflicts existed between the Romans who converted to Christianity, the Pagans, and the dissident Christians. This book denies the literal personification of an incarnated Satan being, and argues instead for a Satan that was a manifestation of the struggles of the early Christians.

“The figure of Satan as it emerged over the centuries in Jewish tradition, is not a hostile power assailing Israel from without, but the source and representation of conflict within the community.”

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