The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics (Google eBook)
From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan's story into an audacious exploration of Christianity's shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans and HereticsUser Review - Daniel Gullotta - Goodreads
An engaging study into human fear, hatred, and alienation and how "the other" formulates so much of the demonic imagination. Pagels is extremely gifted at illustrating the finer points of her scholarship into the social and mythological history of Satan. A great read! Read full review
Review: The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans and HereticsUser Review - Nick Adamson - Goodreads
Very interesting look at group dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in early christian/pre-christian history. Read full review