Satan: A Biography

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Cambridge University Press, 17 août 2006 - 360 pages
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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Table des matières

Section 1
21
Section 2
28
Section 3
32
Section 4
41
Section 5
51
Section 6
80
Section 7
107
Section 8
114
Section 21
265
Section 22
277
Section 23
278
Section 24
279
Section 25
280
Section 26
281
Section 27
282
Section 28
283

Section 9
131
Section 10
141
Section 11
164
Section 12
168
Section 13
171
Section 14
173
Section 15
189
Section 16
199
Section 17
215
Section 18
218
Section 19
242
Section 20
249
Section 29
284
Section 30
286
Section 31
288
Section 32
289
Section 33
290
Section 34
291
Section 35
292
Section 36
293
Section 37
294
Section 38
299
Section 39
308
Section 40
323

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À propos de l'auteur (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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