The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
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 HereticsUser Review - Jonathan - Goodreads
I agree with a lot of reviews that what seemed to be promised by the cover was not what was actually discussed. Oh well... I still finished it and it did give me the idea of reading the gospels in the order in which they were probably written. Read full review
Review: The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans and HereticsUser Review - Eleni - Goodreads
Definite book to read. Pagels analyzes how the invention of satan became a "fact" in Christianity. Read full review