Satan: A Biography  -     By: Henry Ansgar Kelly
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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 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'.

Henry Ansgar Kelly is Emerit Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His books include The Devil, Demonology, and Witchcraft and The Devil at Baptism. He is the former Director of UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the current Editor of the Center's journal, Viator.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 374
Vendor: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions: 6.00 X 8.90 X 0.90 (inches)
ISBN: 0521604028
ISBN-13: 9780521604024
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 16, 2010
    M. T. Whallete
    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 over hundreds of years. I have read several books on this subject, and I, a theological conservative, was able to embrace the author's position. Inasmuch as the Satan of the NT is the same Satan of the OT and Christianity is an outgrowth of Judaism, the Satan of today is basically the same old Satan.In the OT Satan was an agent of God to prove the genuineness and fidelity of a believers faith, and that is precisely his role today. That is what he did to Job, and he is resilient and resourceful.It may sound bizarre and strange, but I believe it to be Biblical. Much of the protestant theology was we inherited from the Catholic theology when the reformation movement began a few centuries ago. I recommend this book by the emminently qualified author.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 1, 2009
    Timothy D. Smith
    This book teaches heresy and furthermore BLASPHEMES God by referring to Him as "the Big Guy" and other such terms. It is laughable in its logic, and was NOT written by a Christian. It is ANTIChristian.
  3. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    March 31, 2009
    GG
    It strikes me as bizarre that a Christian author would devote an entire book to the evil one, rather than pointing hundreds of readers to Christ. If we are to truly be a Christ-centered Body, then we ought to center ourselves (and what we read and write) on Christ. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2
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