The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 12, 2011 - Religion - 240 pages
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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.


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Review: The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans and Heretics

User 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

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User Review  - Nick Adamson - Goodreads

Very interesting look at group dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in early christian/pre-christian history. Read full review

Contents

TIIE GOSPEL OF MARK AND THE IEWISII WAR
3
mom
11
HEBREW BIBLE To THE GOSPELS
35
CLAIM 1sRAELs LEGACY
89
CHRISTIANS
112
DEMONIZING THE HERETICS
149
CONCLUSION
179
NOTES
185
INDEX
205
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About the author (2011)

Elaine Pagels earned a B.A. in history and an M.A. in classical studies at Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is the author of "Adam, Eve, and the Serpent"; "The Origin of Satan"; and "The Gnostic Gospel"s, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award. She is currently the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Pagels lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and children.

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