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Many people today think of Satan as a little red demon with a pointy tail and a pitchfork—but this vision of the devil developed over many centuries and would be foreign to the writers of the Old Testament, where this figure makes his first appearances. The earliest texts that mention the Satan—it is always "the Satan" in the Old Testament—portray him as an agent of Yahweh, serving as an executioner of evildoers. But over the course of time, the Satan came to be regarded more as God’s enemy than God’s agent and was blamed for a host of problems.
Biblical scholar Ryan E. Stokes explains the development of the Satan tradition in the Hebrew scriptures and the writings of early Judaism, describing the interpretive and creative processes that transformed an agent of Yahweh into the archenemy of good. He explores how the idea of a heavenly Satan figure factored into the problem of evil and received the blame for all that is wrong in the world.
|Title: The Satan: How God's Executioner Became the Enemy|
By: Ryan E. Stokes
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
|Publication Date: 2019|
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Stock No: WW872501
Our Ancient Foe: Satan's History, Activity, and Ultimate DemiseP & R Publishing / 2019 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:
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Ryan Stokes is associate professor of Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and director of the Tandy Manuscript Research Center. He has published widely on biblical and related literature and enjoys teaching students in the classroom, speaking at churches, and giving lectures to various audiences interested in learning about the Bible.