Fallen Angels: Soldiers of Satan's Realm

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Jewish Publication Society, Jan 1, 2010 - Religion - 295 pages
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The problem of evil has challenged mankind ever since the dawn of intelligence. Why is there evil in the world and why do pain and suffering come upon those who do not seem to deserve it? Written in a simple, popular style, Bamberger's book, first published in 1952, will appeal to anyone who, no matter what his own answer to the question may be, is curious to learn how it has been answered in the past or is being answered by others in our own age. The author traces the history of the belief in fallen angels in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and assembles a variety of tales and superstitions -- some grotesque, others quaint and humorous. His presentation also reveals a basic divergence between Judaism and Christianity in their respective attitudes toward the devil. The concluding chapter of the work deals with the return of the devil to prominence in contemporary religious thought and shows how Judaism seeks its own solution to the problem of evil. The book contains an extensive bibliography, notes, and index.
  

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Contents

The Outside Books
14
Crossroads
50
The Early Christian Church
60
The Rabbis
88
Medieval Judaism
146
Jewish Mysticism
162
Christian Theology
200
The Devil in Modern Dress
234
Bibliography
253
Notes
262
Index
291
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About the author (2010)

Bernard J. Bamberger was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and received his Doctorate of Divinity from the Hebrew Union College in 1929. He occupied pulpits in Lafayette, Indiana, Albany, New York, and New York City and served as president of the Synagogue Council of America in 1950 and 1951.

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