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

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A really well written, researched, and argued historical analysis of the Biblical figure of Satan. Pagels walks us from the first historical appearances to the present view and how Satan as a ... Read full review

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Let me begin by stating what this book is actually about because I found the title to be very misleading. This book is not about how humanity came to embody a natural perception of evil. This book is ... 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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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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