Elaine Pagels The Origin of Satan

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The Origin of Satan

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This work is a social history of the devil. The figure of Satan has been a standing puzzle in the history of religion. This study examines his origins and his shifting functions. Satan is not present in classical Jewish sources (and scarcely present in traditional Judaism to this day). Images of Satan began to develop and proliferate in later Jewish sources not included in the Hebrew Bible. The book explores this early history or invention of the devil, and traces Satan's subsequent transformations as one of society's most necessary fictions.

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"Arresting . . . brilliant . . . this book illuminates the angels with which we must wrestle to come to the truth of our bedeviling spritual problems." --Boston Globe
"Pagels is a wonderful writer. . . . She has a gift for bringing ancient texts alive. . . . Fascinating." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Lively reading . . . a book that makes familiar concepts disturbingly fresh and provocative." --The New York Times
"Pagels has achieved something important. . . . Thoughtful scholarly works that are also original and adventurous are not common. The Origin of Satan is such a work, and we should be correspondingly grateful." --New York Review of Books
"Lucid and closely reasoned. . . . Pagels remains always a lively writer who discerns the human implications of esoteric texts and scholarly disputes." --Chicago Tribune

-Arresting . . . brilliant . . . this book illuminates the angels with which we must wrestle to come to the truth of our bedeviling spritual problems.- --Boston Globe
-Pagels is a wonderful writer. . . . She has a gift for bringing ancient texts alive. . . . Fascinating.- --San Francisco Chronicle
-Lively reading . . . a book that makes familiar concepts disturbingly fresh and provocative.- --The New York Times
-Pagels has achieved something important. . . . Thoughtful scholarly works that are also original and adventurous are not common. The Origin of Satan is such a work, and we should be correspondingly grateful.- --New York Review of Books
-Lucid and closely reasoned. . . . Pagels remains always a lively writer who discerns the human implications of esoteric texts and scholarly disputes.- --Chicago Tribune

About the Author:

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Reading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels--winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award--and the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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