The Devil: perceptions of evil from antiquity to primitive Christianity

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Cornell University Press, 1977 - Religion - 276 pages
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Traces the evolution of the concept of evil from ancient times to the period of the New Testament, calling attention to ideas about the Devil in Eastern and Western cultures

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Review: The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity

User Review  - Joseph F. - Goodreads

This little book has a lot crammed into it. One cannot talk comprehensively about THE personification of evil without having a crash course in Platonism, Neoplatonism, Orphism, Mazdaism, Gnosticism ... Read full review

Review: The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity

User Review  - Megan Kennedy - Goodreads

Preachy, lazy, and even the "antiquity" viewpoints are formulated far too strongly from a Christian worldview. Burton has no sense of subtlety as demonstrated by phrases like this: "In The Exorcist ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
The Question of Evil
17
In Search of the Devil
36
Copyright

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About the author (1977)

JEFFREY BURTON RUSSELL is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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