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

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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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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

This book was somewhat of a disappointment. I really thought that she would write about where the idea of Satan came from. But instead, her focus was on how Satan grew, changed and evolved in ... Read full review

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User Review  - DieFledermaus - LibraryThing

In this book, Pagels purports to show how the conception of Satan arose from the early Christians’ demonization of Jews, pagans and other Christians. While I had some issues with the organization and ... Read full review

Contents

HEBREW BIBLE TO THE GOSPELS
35
CHRISTIANS
112
DEMONIZING THE HERETICS
149
CONCLUSION
179
NOTES
185
INDEX
205
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Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Reading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels—winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award—and the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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