The Quest for the Historical Satan
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The figure of Satan has for centuries embodied or incarnated absolute evil. Existing alongside more intellectualist interpretations of evil, Satan has figured largely in Christian practices, devotions, popular notions of the afterlife, and fears of retribution in the beyond. Satan remains an influential reality today in many Christian traditions and in popular culture. But how should Satan be understood today?

De La Torre and Hernandez's volume probes the murky origins of the satanic legends and beliefs back to their pre-Christian roots in the Middle East. They unearth the Satan's roots in Egyptian and Babylonian understandings of evil. They also show, however, that the ancient Satan has some characteristics we would hardly recognize, especially his appearance in most ancient cultures and survival in many traditional religions as the "trickster" figure. While a minor tradition in historic Christianity, the authors argue, seeing Satan as trickster is historically accurate and holds real promise for Christian rethinking in "theology, philosophy, and practice of evil" and how it can be dealt with. This is a fascinating story that helps the reader reframe basic elements of our worldview of good and evil.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0800663241
ISBN-13: 9780800663247

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De La Torre and Hernandez's volume probes the murky origins of the satanic legends and beliefs back to their pre-Christian roots in the Middle East. They unearth the Satan's roots in Egyptian and Babylonian understandings of evil. They also show, however, that the ancient Satan has some characteristics we would hardly recognize, especially his appearance in most ancient cultures and survival in many traditional religions as the "trickster" figure. While a minor tradition in historic Christianity, the authors argue, seeing Satan as trickster is historically accurate and holds real promise for Christian rethinking in "theology, philosophy, and practive of evil" and how it can be dealt with. This is a fascinating story that helps the reader reframe basic elements of our worldview of good and evil.

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  1. Caleb
    Another World
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A New Way to View an Old Foe
    July 26, 2012
    Caleb
    Another World
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you are looking for a book to confirm generally held biases and prejudiced opinions about Satan, this is not the book for you.

    If you are looking for a book that addresses all the OT Scriptures pertaining to "Satan" and follows up in the NT (and extra biblical sources including the Talmud, church fathers, philosophers, and others), you may want to pick this book up.

    Rejecting that Satan's role in creation is not more complex than being evil incarnate, this book suggests that there is no clear image of who/what Satan is, and investigates his blurry image that has been evolving for millennia.

    "We [the authors] propose to return to the early biblical Satan because it leads, in our opinion, to a better ethical framework from which to operate in the bringing about of justice and redemption."

    They cover Satan's history from the Ancient Near East to our current era.

    The description written by CBD is an excellent representation of what is included in this book. I am not sure what qumran48 (a 1-Star review) was looking for when he (or she) picked up this book, but he must not have read the description, back of the book, or read any of the sample pages if he thought he was getting something different than the book's claim (or he might have been displeased when the book challenged his preconceived ideas).

    I am including a link to an article that addresses some of the Hebrew linguistic arguments that I found helpful as well.

    http://michaelsheiser.com/TheNakedBible/2010/02/the-absence-of-satan-in-the-old-testament/
  2. qumran48
    california
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    1 Stars Out Of 5
    November 21, 2011
    qumran48
    california
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 1
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    Meets Expectations: 1
    I found this book to be lacking the historical approach that I was looking for.
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