By (author) Professor Henry Ansgar Kelly
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Satan by Professor Henry Ansgar Kelly
Book DescriptionChristians traditionally think of Satan as Lucifer, God's enemy, who rebelled against Him out of pride and then caused Adam and Eve to sin. But, as Kelly shows, this portrayal is not biblical but a scenario invented by the early Fathers of the Church which became the 'New Biography of Satan'. The 'Original Biography' must be reconstructed from the New Testament where Satan is the same sort of celestial functionary we see in the Book of Job - appointed to govern the world, specifically to monitor and test human beings. But he is brutal and deceitful in his methods, and Jesus predicts that his rule will soon come to an end. Kelly traces the further developments of the 'New Biography': humankind's inherited guilt, captivity by Satan, and punishment in Hell at his hands. This profile of Satan remains dominant, but Kelly urges a return to the 'Original Biography of Satan'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521604024
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Professor Henry Ansgar Kelly
Satan, Hardback (August 2006)
This study shows how the Satan of the New Testament became the modern day personification of evil.
Ideas and Forms of Tragedy from Aristotle to the Middle Ages, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Professor Henry Ansgar Kelly
This book explores the various meanings given to tragedy, from Aristotle, via Roman ideas and practices, to the middle ages.
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Author Biography - Professor Henry Ansgar Kelly
Henry Ansgar Kelly is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of English and Director of the Center of Medieval Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.
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