The Quest for the Historical Satan Paperback

by Alberto Hernandez; Miguel A. De La Torre;

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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.

The Quest for the Historical Satan by Alberto Hernandez; Miguel A. De La Torre was published by Augsburg Fortress Publishers in August 2011 and is our 60640th best seller. The ISBN for The Quest for the Historical Satan is 9780800663247.

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Details for The Quest for the Historical Satan

Page last updated 27th May 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherAugsburg Fortress Publishers (August 2011)
Number of Pages208
Thickness16 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code3209512
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