Illustration of the Devil on folio 290 recto of the Codex Gigas, dating to the early thirteenth century

Satan,[a] also known as the Devil,[b] is an entity in the Abrahamic religions that seduces humans into sin or falsehood. In Christianity and Islam, he is usually seen as either a fallen angel or a genie, who used to possess great piety and beauty, but rebelled against God, who nevertheless allows him temporary power over the fallen world and a host of demons. In Judaism, Satan is typically regarded as a metaphor for the yetzer hara, or "evil inclination", or as an agent subservient to God.

A figure known as "the satan" first appears in the Tanakh as a heavenly prosecutor, a member of the sons of God subordinate to Yahweh, who prosecutes the nation of Judah in the heavenly court and tests the loyalty of Yahweh's followers by forcing them to suffer. During the intertestamental period, possibly due to influence from the Zoroastrian figure of Angra Mainyu, the satan developed into a malevolent entity with abhorrent qualities in dualistic opposition to God. In the apocryphal Book of Jubilees, Yahweh grants the satan (referred to as Mastema) authority over a group of fallen angels, or their offspring, to tempt humans to sin and punish them. In the Synoptic Gospels, Satan tempts Jesus in the desert and is identified as the cause of illness and temptation. In the Book of Revelation, Satan appears as a Great Red Dragon, who is defeated by Michael the Archangel and cast down from Heaven. He is later bound for one thousand years, but is briefly set free before being ultimately defeated and cast into the Lake of Fire.

In Christianity, Satan is known as the Devil and is sometimes also called Lucifer. Although the Book of Genesis does not mention him, he is often identified as the serpent in the Garden of Eden. In the Middle Ages, Satan played a minimal role in Christian theology and was used as a comic relief figure in mystery plays. During the early modern period, Satan's significance greatly increased as beliefs such as demonic possession and witchcraft became more prevalent. During the Age of Enlightenment, belief in the existence of Satan was harshly criticized by thinkers such as Voltaire. Nonetheless, belief in Satan has persisted, particularly in the Americas. In the Quran, Shaitan, also known as Iblis, is an entity made of fire who was cast out of Heaven because he refused to bow before the newly-created Adam and incites humans to sin by infecting their minds with waswās ("evil suggestions"). Although Satan is generally viewed as evil, some groups have very different beliefs.

In Theistic Satanism, Satan is considered a deity who is either worshipped or revered. In LaVeyan Satanism, Satan is a symbol of virtuous characteristics and liberty. Satan's appearance is never described in the Bible, but, since the ninth century, he has often been shown in Christian art with horns, cloven hooves, unusually hairy legs, and a tail, often naked and holding a pitchfork. These are an amalgam of traits derived from various pagan deities, including Pan, Poseidon, and Bes. Satan appears frequently in Christian literature, most notably in Dante Alighieri's Inferno, variants of the Faust legend, John Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, and the poems of William Blake. He continues to appear in film, television, and music.

Historical development

Hebrew Bible

Balaam and the Angel (1836) by Gustav Jäger. The angel in this incident is referred to as a "satan".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The original Hebrew term śāṭān (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.) is a generic noun meaning "accuser" or "adversary",The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. which is used throughout the Hebrew Bible to refer to ordinary human adversaries,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. as well as a specific supernatural entity.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The word is derived from a verb meaning primarily "to obstruct, oppose".[1] When it is used without the definite article (simply satan), the word can refer to any accuser,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but when it is used with the definite article (ha-satan), it usually refers specifically to the heavenly accuser: the satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The word with the definite article Ha-Satan occurs 17 times in the Masoretic Text, in two books of the Hebrew Bible: Job ch. 1–2 (14×) and Zechariah 3:1–2 (3×).[2] [3] It is translated in English bibles mostly as 'Satan' (18x in Book of Job, I Books of Chronicles and Book of Zechariah).

The word without the definite article is used in 10 instances, of which two are translated diabolos in the Septuagint. It is translated in English Bibles as 'an accuser' (1x) but mostly as 'an adversary' (9x as in Book of Numbers, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 Kings).

The word does not occur in the Book of Genesis, which mentions only a talking serpent and does not identify the serpent with any supernatural entity.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The first occurrence of the word "satan" in the Hebrew Bible in reference to a supernatural figure comes from The time allocated for running scripts has expired.,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. which describes the Angel of Yahweh confronting Balaam on his donkey:The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. "Balaam's departure aroused the wrath of Elohim, and the Angel of Yahweh stood in the road as a satan against him."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In The time allocated for running scripts has expired., Yahweh sends the "Angel of Yahweh" to inflict a plague against Israel for three days, killing 70,000 people as punishment for David having taken a census without his approval.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. repeats this story,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but replaces the "Angel of Yahweh" with an entity referred to as "a satan".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Some passages clearly refer to the satan, without using the word itself.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. describes the sons of Eli as "sons of Belial";The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. the later usage of this word makes it clearly a synonym for "satan".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Yahweh sends a "troubling spirit" to torment King Saul as a mechanism to ingratiate David with the king.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In The time allocated for running scripts has expired., the prophet Micaiah describes to King Ahab a vision of Yahweh sitting on his throne surrounded by the Host of Heaven.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Yahweh asks the Host which of them will lead Ahab astray.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. A "spirit", whose name is not specified, but who is analogous to the satan, volunteers to be "a Lying Spirit in the mouth of all his Prophets".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Book of Job

The Examination of Job (c. 1821) by William Blake

The satan appears in the Book of Job, a poetic dialogue set within a prose framework,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. which may have been written around the time of the Babylonian captivity.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In the text, Job is a righteous man favored by Yahweh.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. describes the "sons of God" (bənê hāʼĕlōhîm) presenting themselves before Yahweh.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Yahweh asks one of them, "the satan", where he has been, to which he replies that he has been roaming around the earth.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Yahweh asks, "Have you considered My servant Job?"The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The satan replies by urging Yahweh to let him torture Job, promising that Job will abandon his faith at the first tribulation.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Yahweh consents; the satan destroys Job's servants and flocks, yet Job refuses to condemn Yahweh.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The first scene repeats itself, with the satan presenting himself to Yahweh alongside the other "sons of God".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Yahweh points out Job's continued faithfulness, to which the satan insists that more testing is necessary;The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Yahweh once again gives him permission to test Job.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In the end, Job remains faithful and righteous, and it is implied that the satan is shamed in his defeat.[6]

Book of Zechariah

The time allocated for running scripts has expired. contains a description of a vision dated to the middle of February of 519 BC,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. in which an angel shows Zechariah a scene of Joshua the High Priest dressed in filthy rags, representing the nation of Judah and its sins,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. on trial with Yahweh as the judge and the satan standing as the prosecutor.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Yahweh rebukes the satanThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and orders for Joshua to be given clean clothes, representing Yahweh's forgiveness of Judah's sins.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Second Temple period

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During the Second Temple Period, when Jews were living in the Achaemenid Empire, Judaism was heavily influenced by Zoroastrianism, the religion of the Achaemenids.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.[7] Jewish conceptions of Satan were impacted by Angra Mainyu,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.[8] the Zoroastrian god of evil, darkness, and ignorance.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In the Septuagint, the Hebrew ha-Satan in Job and Zechariah is translated by the Greek word diabolos (slanderer), the same word in the Greek New Testament from which the English word "devil" is derived.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Where satan is used to refer to human enemies in the Hebrew Bible, such as Hadad the Edomite and Rezon the Syrian, the word is left untranslated but transliterated in the Greek as satan, a neologism in Greek.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The idea of Satan as an opponent of God and a purely evil figure seems to have taken root in Jewish pseudepigrapha during the Second Temple Period,[9] particularly in the apocalypses.[10] The Book of Enoch, which the Dead Sea Scrolls have revealed to have been nearly as popular as the Torah,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. describes a group of 200 angels known as the "Watchers", who are assigned to supervise the earth, but instead abandon their duties and have sexual intercourse with human women.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The leader of the Watchers is SemjâzâThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and another member of the group, known as Azazel, spreads sin and corruption among humankind.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Watchers are ultimately sequestered in isolated caves across the earthThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and are condemned to face judgement at the end of time.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Book of Jubilees, written in around 150 BC,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. retells the story of the Watchers' defeat,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but, in deviation from the Book of Enoch, Mastema, the "Chief of Spirits", intervenes before all of their demon offspring are sealed away, requesting for Yahweh to let him keep some of them to become his workers.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Yahweh acquiesces this requestThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and Mastema uses them to tempt humans into committing more sins, so that he may punish them for their wickedness.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Later, Mastema induces Yahweh to test Abraham by ordering him to sacrifice Isaac.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.[11]

The Second Book of Enoch, also called the Slavonic Book of Enoch, contains references to a Watcher called Satanael.[12] It is a pseudepigraphic text of an uncertain date and unknown authorship. The text describes Satanael as being the prince of the Grigori who was cast out of heaven[13] and an evil spirit who knew the difference between what was "righteous" and "sinful".[14] In the Book of Wisdom, the devil is taken to be the being who brought death into the world, but originally the culprit was recognized as Cain.[15]The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The name Samael, which is used in reference to one of the fallen angels, later became a common name for Satan in Jewish Midrash and Kabbalah.[16]

Judaism

The sound of a shofar (pictured) is believed to symbolically confuse Satan.

Most Jews do not believe in the existence of a supernatural omnimalevolent figure.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Traditionalists and philosophers in medieval Judaism adhered to rational theology, rejecting any belief in rebel or fallen angels, and viewing evil as abstract.[17] The rabbis usually interpreted the word satan as it is used in the Tanakh as referring strictly to human adversaries[18] and rejected all of the Enochian writings mentioning Satan as a literal, heavenly figure from the biblical canon, making every attempt to root them out.[9] Nonetheless, the word satan has occasionally been metaphorically applied to evil influences,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. such as the Jewish exegesis of the yetzer hara ("evil inclination") mentioned in The time allocated for running scripts has expired..[19] The Talmudic image of Satan is contradictory. While Satan's identification with the abstract yetzer hara remains uniform over the sages' teachings, he is generally identified as an entity with divine agency. For instance, the sages considered Satan to be an angel of death that would later be called Samael, since God's prohibition on Satan killing Job implied he was even capable of doing so,[20] yet despite this syncretization with a known heavenly body, Satan is identified as the yetzer hara in the very same passage. Satan's status as a 'physical' entity is strengthened by numerous other rabbinical anecdotes: one tale describes two separate incidents where Satan appeared as a woman in order to tempt Rabbi Meir and Rabbi Akiva into sin.[21] Another passage describes Satan taking the form of an ill-mannered, diseased beggar in order to tempt the sage Peleimu into breaking the mitzvah of hospitality.[22]

Rabbinical scholarship on the Book of Job generally follows the Talmud and Maimonides in identifying "the satan" from the prologue as a metaphor for the yetzer hara and not an actual entity.[23] Satan is rarely mentioned in Tannaitic literature, but is found in Babylonian aggadah.[10] According to a narration, the sound of the shofar, which is primarily intended to remind Jews of the importance of teshuva, is also intended symbolically to "confuse the accuser" (Satan) and prevent him from rendering any litigation to God against the Jews.[24] Kabbalah presents Satan as an agent of God whose function is to tempt humans into sinning so that he may accuse them in the heavenly court.[25] The Hasidic Jews of the eighteenth century associated ha-Satan with Baal Davar.[26]

Each modern sect of Judaism has its own interpretation of Satan's identity. Conservative Judaism generally rejects the Talmudic interpretation of Satan as a metaphor for the yetzer hara, and regard him as a literal agent of God.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Orthodox Judaism, on the other hand, outwardly embraces Talmudic teachings on Satan, and involves Satan in religious life far more inclusively than other sects. Satan is mentioned explicitly in some daily prayers, including during Shacharit and certain post-meal benedictions, as described in Talmud[27] and the Jewish Code of Law.[28] In Reform Judaism, Satan is generally seen in his Talmudic role as a metaphor for the yetzer hara and the symbolic representation of innate human qualities such as selfishness.[29]

Christianity

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Names

The most common English synonym for "Satan" is "devil", which descends from Middle English devel, from Old English dēofol, that in turn represents an early Germanic borrowing of Latin diabolus (also the source of "diabolical"). This in turn was borrowed from Greek diabolos "slanderer", from diaballein "to slander": dia- "across, through" + ballein "to hurl".[30] In the New Testament, the words Satan and diabolos are used interchangeably as synonyms.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.[31] Beelzebub, meaning "Lord of Flies", is the contemptuous name given in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament to a Philistine god whose original name has been reconstructed as most probably "Ba'al Zabul", meaning "Baal the Prince".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Synoptic Gospels identify Satan and Beelzebub as the same.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The name Abaddon (meaning "place of destruction") is used six times in the Old Testament, mainly as a name for one the regions of Sheol.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. describes Abaddon, whose name is translated into Greek as Apollyon, meaning "the destroyer", as an angel who rules the Abyss.[32] In modern usage, Abaddon is sometimes equated with Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

New Testament

Gospels, Acts, and epistles

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The three Synoptic Gospels all describe the temptation of Christ by Satan in the desert (The time allocated for running scripts has expired., The time allocated for running scripts has expired., and The time allocated for running scripts has expired.).The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Satan first shows Jesus a stone and tells him to turn it into bread.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. He also takes him to the pinnacle of the Temple in Jerusalem and commands Jesus to throw himself down so that the angels will catch him.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Satan takes Jesus to the top of a tall mountain as well; there, he shows him the kingdoms of the earth and promises to give them all to him if he will bow down and worship him.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Each time Jesus rebukes SatanThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and, after the third temptation, he is administered by the angels.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Satan's promise in The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and The time allocated for running scripts has expired. to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth implies that all those kingdoms belong to him.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The fact that Jesus does not dispute Satan's promise indicates that the authors of those gospels believed this to be true.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Satan plays a role in some of the parables of Jesus, namely the Parable of the Sower, the Parable of the Weeds, Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, and the Parable of the Strong Man.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. According to the Parable of the Sower, Satan "profoundly influences" those who fail to understand the gospel.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The latter two parables say that Satan's followers will be punished on Judgement Day, with the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats stating that the Devil, his angels, and the people who follow him will be consigned to "eternal fire".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. When the Pharisees accused Jesus of exorcising demons through the power of Beelzebub, Jesus responds by telling the Parable of the Strong Man, saying: "how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house" (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.).The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The strong man in this parable represents Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The Synoptic Gospels identify Satan and his demons as the causes of illness,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. including fever (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.), leprosy (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.), and arthritis (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.),The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. while the Epistle to the Hebrews describes the Devil as "him who holds the power of death" (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.).The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The author of Luke-Acts attributes more power to Satan than both Matthew and Mark.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In The time allocated for running scripts has expired., Jesus grants Satan the authority to test Peter and the other apostles.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. states that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus because "Satan entered" himThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and, in The time allocated for running scripts has expired., Peter describes Satan as "filling" Ananias's heart and causing him to sin.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Gospel of John only uses the name Satan three times.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In The time allocated for running scripts has expired., Jesus says that his Jewish or Judean enemies are the children of the Devil rather than the children of Abraham.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The same verse describes the Devil as "a man-killer from the beginning"The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and "a liar and the father of lying."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. describes the Devil as inspiring Judas to betray JesusThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and The time allocated for running scripts has expired. identifies Satan as "the Archon of this Cosmos", who is destined to be overthrown through Jesus's death and resurrection.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. promises that the Holy Spirit will "accuse the World concerning sin, justice, and judgement", a role resembling that of the satan in the Old Testament.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The time allocated for running scripts has expired. refers to a dispute between Michael the Archangel and the Devil over the body of Moses.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.[33][34] Some interpreters understand this reference to be an allusion to the events described in The time allocated for running scripts has expired..[33][34] The classical theologian Origen attributes this reference to the non-canonical Assumption of Moses.[35]The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. According to James H. Charlesworth, there is no evidence the surviving book of this name ever contained any such content.[36] Others believe it to be in the lost ending of the book.[36][37] The second chapter of the Second Epistle of Peter, a pseudepigraphical letter which falsely claims to have been written by Peter,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. copies much of the content of the Epistle of Jude,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but omits the specifics of the example regarding Michael and Satan, with The time allocated for running scripts has expired. instead mentioning only an ambiguous dispute between "Angels" and "Glories".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Throughout the New Testament, Satan is referred to as a "tempter" (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.),The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. "the ruler of the demons" (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.),The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. "the God of this Age" (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.),The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. "the evil one" (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.),The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and "a roaring lion" (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.).The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Book of Revelation

St. Michael Vanquishing Satan (1518) by Raphael, depicting Satan being cast out of heaven by Michael the Archangel, as described in The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The Book of Revelation represents Satan as the supernatural ruler of the Roman Empire and the ultimate cause of all evil in the world.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In The time allocated for running scripts has expired., as part of the letter to the church at Smyrna, John of Patmos refers to the Jews of Smyrna as "a synagogue of Satan"The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and warns that "the Devil is about to cast some of you into prison as a test [peirasmos], and for ten days you will have affliction."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In The time allocated for running scripts has expired., in the letter to the church of Pergamum, John warns that Satan lives among the members of the congregationThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and declares that "Satan's throne" is in their midst.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Pergamum was the capital of the Roman Province of AsiaThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and "Satan's throne" may be referring to the monumental Pergamon Altar in the city, which was dedicated to the Greek god Zeus,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. or to a temple dedicated to the Roman emperor Augustus.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The time allocated for running scripts has expired. describes a vision of a Great Red Dragon with seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns, and a massive tail,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. an image which is likely inspired by the vision of the four beasts from the sea in the Book of DanielThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and the Leviathan described in various Old Testament passages.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Great Red Dragon knocks "a third of the sun... a third of the moon, and a third of the stars" out the skyThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and pursues the Woman of the Apocalypse.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. declares: "And war broke out in Heaven. Michael and his angels fought against Dragon. Dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven. Dragon the Great was thrown down, that ancient serpent who is called Devil and Satan, the one deceiving the whole inhabited World – he was thrown down to earth and his angels were thrown down with him."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Then a voice booms down from Heaven heralding the defeat of "the Accuser" (ho Kantegor), identifying the Satan of Revelation with the satan of the Old Testament.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

In The time allocated for running scripts has expired., Satan is bound with a chain and hurled into the Abyss,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. where he is imprisoned for one thousand years.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In The time allocated for running scripts has expired., he is set free and gathers his armies along with Gog and Magog to wage war against the righteous,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but is defeated with fire from Heaven, and cast into the lake of fire.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Some Christians associate Satan with the number 666, which The time allocated for running scripts has expired. describes as the Number of the Beast.[38] However, the beast mentioned in Revelation 13 is not Satan,[39] and the use of 666 in the Book of Revelation has been interpreted as a reference to the Roman Emperor Nero, as 666 is the numeric value of his name in Hebrew.[38]

Patristic era

Despite the fact that the Book of Genesis never mentions Satan,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Christians have traditionally interpreted the serpent in the Garden of Eden as Satan due to The time allocated for running scripts has expired., which calls Satan "that ancient serpent".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. This verse, however, is probably intended to identify Satan with the Leviathan,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. a monstrous sea-serpent whose destruction by Yahweh is prophesied in The time allocated for running scripts has expired..The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The first recorded individual to identify Satan with the serpent from the Garden of Eden was the second-century AD Christian apologist Justin Martyr,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. in chapters 45 and 79 of his Dialogue with Trypho.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Other early church fathers to mention this identification include Theophilus and Tertullian.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The early Christian Church, however, encountered opposition from pagans such as Celsus, who claimed in his treatise The True Word that "it is blasphemy... to say that the greatest God... has an adversary who constrains his capacity to do good" and said that Christians "impiously divide the kingdom of God, creating a rebellion in it, as if there were opposing factions within the divine, including one that is hostile to God".[40]

Lucifer (1890) by Franz Stuck. Because of Patristic interpretations of The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and Jerome's Latin Vulgate translation, the name "Lucifer" is sometimes used in reference to Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The name Heylel, meaning "morning star" (or, in Latin, Lucifer),[c] was a name for Attar, the god of the planet Venus in Canaanite mythology,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. who attempted to scale the walls of the heavenly city,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but was vanquished by the god of the sun.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The name is used in The time allocated for running scripts has expired. in metaphorical reference to the king of Babylon.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. uses a description of a cherub in Eden as a polemic against Ithobaal II, the king of Tyre.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Church Father Origen of Alexandria (c. 184 – c. 253), who was only aware of the actual text of these passages and not the original myths to which they refer, concluded in his treatise On the First Principles, which is preserved in a Latin translation by Tyrannius Rufinus, that neither of these verses could literally refer to a human beingThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and must therefore be alluding to "a certain Angel who had received the office of governing the nation of the Tyrians," but was hurled down to Earth after he was found to be corrupt.[41]The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

In his apologetic treatise Contra Celsum, however, Origen changed his interpretations of Isaiah 14:12 and Ezekiel 28:12–15, now interpreting both of them as referring to Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. According to Henry Ansgar Kelly, Origen seems to have adopted this new interpretation to refute unnamed persons who, perhaps under the influence of Zoroastrian radical dualism, believed "that Satan's original nature was Darkness."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The later Church Father Jerome (c. 347 – 420), translator of the Latin Vulgate, accepted Origen's theory of Satan as a fallen angelThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and wrote about it in his commentary on the Book of Isaiah.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In Christian tradition ever since, both Isaiah 14:12The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and Ezekiel 28:12–15 have been understood as allegorically referring to Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. For most Christians, Satan has been regarded as an angel who rebelled against God.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

According to the ransom theory of atonement, which was popular among early Christian theologians,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Satan gained power over humanity through Adam and Eve's sinThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and Christ's death on the cross was a ransom to Satan in exchange for humanity's liberation.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. This theory holds that Satan was tricked by GodThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. because Christ was not only free of sin, but also the incarnate Deity, whom Satan lacked the ability to enslave.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Irenaeus of Lyons described a prototypical form of the ransom theory,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but Origen was the first to propose it in its fully developed form.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The theory was later expanded by theologians such as Gregory of Nyssa and Rufinus of Aquileia.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In the eleventh century, Anselm of Canterbury criticized the ransom theory, along with the associated Christus Victor theory,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. resulting in the theory's decline in western Europe.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The theory has nonetheless retained some of its popularity in the Eastern Orthodox Church.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Most early Christians firmly believed that Satan and his demons had the power to possess humansThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and exorcisms were widely practiced by Jews, Christians, and pagans alike.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Belief in demonic possession continued through the Middle Ages into the early modern period.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Exorcisms were seen as a display of God's power over Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The vast majority of people who thought they were possessed by the Devil did not suffer from hallucinations or other "spectacular symptoms", but "complained of anxiety, religious fears, and evil thoughts."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Middle Ages

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Satan had minimal role in medieval Christian theology,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but he frequently appeared as a recurring comedic stock character in late medieval mystery plays, in which he was portrayed as a comic relief figure who "frolicked, fell, and farted in the background".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Jeffrey Burton Russell describes the medieval conception of Satan as "more pathetic and repulsive than terrifying"The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and he was seen as little more than a nuisance to God's overarching plan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Golden Legend, a collection of saints' lives compiled in around 1260 by the Dominican Friar Jacobus da Varagine, contains numerous stories about encounters between saints and Satan,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. in which Satan is constantly duped by the saints' cleverness and by the power of God.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Henry Ansgar Kelly remarks that Satan "comes across as the opposite of fearsome."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Golden Legend was the most popular book during the High and Late Middle AgesThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and more manuscripts of it have survived from the period than for any other book, including even the Bible itself.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The Canon Episcopi, written in the eleventh century AD, condemns belief in witchcraft as heretical,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but also documents that many people at the time apparently believed in it.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Witches were believed to fly through the air on broomsticks,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. consort with demons,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. perform in "lurid sexual rituals" in the forests,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. murder human infants and eat them as part of Satanic rites,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and engage in conjugal relations with demons.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In 1326, Pope John XXII issued the papal bull Super illius Specula,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. which condemned folk divination practices as consultation with Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. By the 1430s, the Catholic Church began to regard witchcraft as part of a vast conspiracy led by Satan himself.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Early modern period

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During the Early Modern Period, Christians gradually began to regard Satan as increasingly powerfulThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and the fear of Satan's power became a dominant aspect of the worldview of Christians across Europe.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. During the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther taught that, rather than trying to argue with Satan, Christians should avoid temptation altogether by seeking out pleasant company;The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Luther especially recommended music as a safeguard against temptation, since the Devil "cannot endure gaiety."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. John Calvin repeated a maxim from Saint Augustine that "Man is like a horse, with either God or the devil as rider."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

In the late fifteenth century, a series of witchcraft panics erupted in France and Germany.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The German Inquisitors Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger argued in their book Malleus Maleficarum, published in 1487, that all maleficia ("sorcery") was rooted in the work of Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In the mid-sixteenth century, the panic spread to England and Switzerland.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Both Protestants and Catholics alike firmly believed in witchcraft as a real phenomenon and supported its prosecution.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In the late 1500s, the Dutch demonologist Johann Weyer argued in his treatise De praestigiis daemonum that witchcraft did not exist,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but that Satan promoted belief in it to lead Christians astray.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The panic over witchcraft intensified in the 1620s and continued until the end of the 1600s.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Brian Levack estimates that around 60,000 people were executed for witchcraft during the entire span of the witchcraft hysteria.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The early English settlers of North America, especially the Puritans of New England, believed that Satan "visibly and palpably" reigned in the New World.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. John Winthrop claimed that the Devil made rebellious Puritan women give birth to stillborn monsters with claws, sharp horns, and "on each foot three claws, like a young fowl."[42] Cotton Mather wrote that devils swarmed around Puritan settlements "like the frogs of Egypt".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Puritans believed that the Native Americans were worshippers of SatanThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and described them as "children of the Devil".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Some settlers claimed to have seen Satan himself appear in the flesh at native ceremonies.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. During the First Great Awakening, the "new light" preachers portrayed their "old light" critics as ministers of Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. By the time of the Second Great Awakening, Satan's primary role in American evangelicalism was as the opponent of the evangelical movement itself, who spent most of his time trying to hinder the ministries of evangelical preachers,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. a role he has largely retained among present-day American fundamentalists.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

By the early 1600s, skeptics in Europe, including the English author Reginald Scot and the Anglican bishop John Bancroft, had begun to criticize the belief that demons still had the power to possess people.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. This skepticism was bolstered by the belief that miracles only occurred during the Apostolic Age, which had long since ended.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Later, Enlightenment thinkers, such as David Hume, Denis Diderot, and Voltaire, attacked the notion of Satan's existence altogether.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Voltaire labelled John Milton's Paradise Lost a "disgusting fantasy"The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and declared that belief in Hell and Satan were among the many lies propagated by the Catholic Church to keep humanity enslaved.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. By the eighteenth century, trials for witchcraft had ceased in most western countries, with the notable exceptions of Poland and Hungary, where they continued.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Belief in the power of Satan, however, remained strong among traditional Christians.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Modern era

Mormonism developed its own views on Satan. According to the Book of Moses, the Devil offered to be the redeemer of mankind for the sake of his own glory. Conversely, Jesus offered to be the redeemer of mankind so that his father's will would be done. After his offer was rejected, Satan became rebellious and was subsequently cast out of heaven.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In the Book of Moses, Cain is said to have "loved Satan more than God"[43] and conspired with Satan to kill Abel. It was through this pact that Cain became a Master Mahan.[44] The Book of Moses also says that Moses was tempted by Satan before calling upon the name of the "Only Begotten", which caused Satan to depart. Douglas Davies asserts that this text "reflects" the temptation of Jesus in the Bible.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Belief in Satan and demonic possession remains strong among Christians in the United StatesThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and Latin America.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. According to a 2013 poll conducted by YouGov, fifty-seven percent of people in the United States believe in a literal Devil,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. compared to eighteen percent of people in Britain.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Fifty-one percent of Americans believe that Satan has the power to possess people.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. W. Scott Poole, author of Satan in America: The Devil We Know, has opined that "In the United States over the last forty to fifty years, a composite image of Satan has emerged that borrows from both popular culture and theological sources" and that most American Christians do not "separate what they know [about Satan] from the movies from what they know from various ecclesiastical and theological traditions."[42] The Catholic Church generally played down Satan and exorcism during late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but Pope Francis brought renewed focus on the Devil in the early 2010s, stating, among many other pronouncements, that "The devil is intelligent, he knows more theology than all the theologians together."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, liberal Christianity tends to view Satan "as a [figurative] mythological attempt to express the reality and extent of evil in the universe, existing outside and apart from humanity but profoundly influencing the human sphere."[45]

Bernard McGinn describes multiple traditions detailing the relationship between the Antichrist and Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In the dualist approach, Satan will become incarnate in the Antichrist, just as God became incarnate in Jesus.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. However, in Orthodox Christian thought, this view is problematic because it is too similar to Christ's incarnation.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Instead, the "indwelling" view has become more accepted,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. which stipulates that the Antichrist is a human figure inhabited by Satan,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. since the latter's power is not to be seen as equivalent to God's.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Islam

The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Arabic equivalent of the word Satan is Shaitan (شيطان, from the root šṭn شطن). The word itself is an adjective (meaning "astray" or "distant", sometimes translated as "devil") that can be applied to both man ("al-ins", الإنس) and al-jinn (الجن), but it is also used in reference to Satan in particular. In the Quran, Satan's name is Iblis (Arabic pronunciation: [ˈibliːs]), probably a derivative of the Greek word diabolos.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Muslims do not regard Satan as the cause of evil, but as a tempter, who takes advantage of humans' inclinations toward self-centeredness.[46]

Quran

Illustration from an Arabic manuscript of the Annals of al-Tabari showing Iblis refusing to prostrate before the newly-created Adam

Seven suras in the Quran describe how God ordered all the angels and Iblis to bow before the newly-created Adam.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. All the angels bowed, but Iblis refused,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. claiming to be superior to Adam because he was made from fire; whereas Adam was made from clay (7:12).The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Consequently, God expelled him from ParadiseThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and condemned him to Jahannam.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Iblis thereafter became a kafir, "an ungrateful disbeliever",The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. whose sole mission is to lead humanity astray.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.[47] God allows Iblis to do this,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.[48] because he knows that the righteous will be able to resist Iblis's attempts to misguide them.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. On Judgement Day, while the lot of Satan remains in question,[49] those who followed him will be thrown into the fires of Jahannam.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. After his banishment from Paradise, Iblis, who thereafter became known as Al-Shaitan ("the Demon"),The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. lured Adam and Eve into eating the fruit from the forbidden tree.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.[50]

The primary characteristic of Satan, aside from his hubris and despair, is his ability to cast evil suggestions (waswās) into men and women.[51] 15:45 states that Satan has no influence over the righteous,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but that those who fall in error are under his power.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. 7:156 implies that those who obey God's laws are immune to the temptations of Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. 56:79 warns that Satan tries to keep Muslims from reading the QuranThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and 16:98–100 recommends reciting the Quran as an antidote against Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. 35:6 refers to Satan as the enemy of humanityThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and 36:60 forbids humans from worshipping him.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In the Quranic retelling of the story of Job, Job knows that Satan is the one tormenting him.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Islamic tradition

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Turkish Siyah Qalam depiction of Iblis, appearing as a black man wearing a headcover.

Affiliation

In the Quran, Satan is apparently an angel,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but, in 18:50, he is described as "from the jinns".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. This, combined with the fact that he describes himself as having been made from fire, posed a major problem for Muslims exegetes of the Quran,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. who disagree on whether Satan is a fallen angel or the leader of a group of evil jinn.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. According to a hadith from Ibn Abbas, Iblis was actually an angel whom God created out of fire. Ibn Abbas asserts that the word jinn could be applied to earthly jinn, but also to "fiery angels" like Satan.[52]

Hasan of Basra, an eminent Muslim theologian who lived in the seventh century AD, was quoted as saying: "Iblis was not an angel even for the time of an eye wink. He is the origin of Jinn as Adam is of Mankind."[53] The medieval Persian scholar Abu Al-Zamakhshari states that the words angels and jinn are synonyms.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Another Persian scholar, Al-Baydawi, instead argues that Satan hoped to be an angel,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but that his actions made him a jinn.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Abu Mansur al-Maturidi who is reverred as the founder of maturidiyya sunni orthodoxy argued that, since angels can be blessed by God, they are also put to a test and can be punished, therefore Satan only became a devil after he declined to obey.[54] Other Islamic scholars argue that Satan was a jinn who was admitted into Paradise as a reward for his righteousness and, unlike the angels, was given the choice to obey or disobey God. When he was expelled from Paradise, Satan blamed humanity for his punishment.[55] Concerning the fiery origin of Iblis, Zakariya al-Qazwini and Muhammad ibn Ahmad Ibshihi[56] state that all supernatural creatures originated from fire but the angels from its light and the jinn from its blaze, thus fire denotes a disembodiment origin of all spiritual entities.[57] Abd al-Ghani al-Maqdisi argued that only the angels of mercy are created from light, but angels of punishment have been created from fire.[58]

The Muslim historian Al-Tabari, who died in around 923 AD,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. writes that, before Adam was created, earthly jinn made of smokeless fire roamed the earth and spread corruption.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. He further relates that Iblis was originally an angel named Azazil or Al-Harith,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. from a group of angels, created from the fires of simoom,[59] sent by God to confront the earthly jinn.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Azazil defeated the jinn in battle and drove them into the mountains,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but he became convinced that he was superior to humans and all the other angels, leading to his downfall.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In this account, Azazil's group of angels were called jinn because they guarded Jannah (Paradise).The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In another tradition recorded by Al-Tabari, Satan was one of the earthly jinn, who was taken captive by the angelsThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and brought to Heaven as a prisoner.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. God appointed him as judge over the other jinn and he became known as Al-Hakam.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. He fulfilled his duty for a thousand years before growing negligent,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but was rehabilitated again and resumed his position until his refusal to bow before Adam.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Other traditions

A stoning of the Devil from 1942

During the first two centuries of Islam, Muslims almost unanimously accepted the traditional story known as the Satanic Verses as true.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. According to this narrative, Muhammad was told by Satan to add words to the Quran which would allow Muslims to pray for the intercession of pagan goddesses.[60] He mistook the words of Satan for divine inspiration.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Modern Muslims almost universally reject this story as heretical, as it calls the integrity of the Quran into question.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

On the third day of the Hajj, Muslim pilgrims to Mecca throw seven stones at a pillar known as the Jamrah al-’Aqabah, symbolizing the stoning of the Devil.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. This ritual is based on the Islamic tradition that, when God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael, Satan tempted him three times not to do it, and, each time, Abraham responded by throwing seven stones at him.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.[61]

The hadith teach that newborn babies cry because Satan touches them while they are being born, and that this touch causes people to have an aptitude for sin.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. This doctrine bears some similarities to the doctrine of original sin.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Muslim tradition holds that only Jesus and Mary were not touched by Satan at birth.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. However, when he was a boy, Muhammad's heart was literally opened by an angel, who removed a black clot that symbolized sin.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Angels bow before the newly created Adam, but Iblis (top right on the picture) refuses to prostrate

Muslim tradition preserves a number of stories involving dialogues between Jesus and Iblis,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. all of which are intended to demonstrate Jesus's virtue and Satan's depravity.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Ahmad ibn Hanbal records an Islamic retelling of Jesus's temptation by Satan in the desert from the Synoptic Gospels.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Ahmad quotes Jesus as saying, "The greatest sin is love of the world. Women are the ropes of Satan. Wine is the key to every evil."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Abu Uthman al-Jahiz credits Jesus with saying, "The world is Satan's farm, and its people are his plowmen."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Al-Ghazali tells an anecdote about how Jesus went out one day and saw Satan carrying ashes and honey;The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. when he asked what they were for, Satan replied, "The honey I put on the lips of backbiters so that they achieve their aim. The ashes I put on the faces of orphans, so that people come to dislike them."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The thirteenth-century scholar Sibt ibn al-Jawzi states that, when Jesus asked him what truly broke his back, Satan replied, "The neighing of horses in the cause of Allah."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Muslims believe that Satan is also the cause of deceptions originating from the mind and desires for evil. He is regarded as a cosmic force for separation, despair and spiritual envelopment. Muslims do distinguish between the satanic temptations and the murmurings of the bodily lower self (Nafs). The lower self commands the person to do a specific task or to fulfill a specific desire; whereas the inspirations of Satan tempt the person to do evil in general and, after a person successfully resists his first suggestion, Satan returns with new ones.[62] If a Muslim feels that Satan is inciting him to sin, he is advised to seek refuge with God by reciting: "In the name of Allah, I seek refuge in you, from Satan the outcast." Muslims are also obliged to "seek refuge" before reciting the Quran.[63]

Islamic mysticism

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However, not all Muslim Sufi mystics are in agreement with a positive depiction of Iblis. Rumi's viewpoint on Iblis is much more in tune with Islamic orthodoxy. Rumi views Iblis as the manifestation of the great sins of haughtiness and envy. He states: "(Cunning) intelligence is from Iblis, and love from Adam."[66]

Baháʼí Faith

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Satanism

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Eliphas Levi's image of Baphomet is embraced by LaVeyan Satanists as a symbol of duality, fertility, and the "powers of darkness", serving as the namesake of their primary insignia, the Sigil of Baphomet.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Theistic Satanism

Theistic Satanism, commonly referred to as "devil worship",[68] views Satan as a deity, whom individuals may supplicate to.[69][70] It consists of loosely affiliated or independent groups and cabals, which all agree that Satan is a real entity.[71]

Atheistic Satanism

Atheistic Satanism, as practiced by the Satanic Temple and by followers of LaVeyan Satanism, holds that Satan does not exist as a literal anthropomorphic entity, but rather as a symbol of a cosmos which Satanists perceive to be permeated and motivated by a force that has been given many names by humans over the course of time. In this religion, "Satan" is not viewed or depicted as a hubristic, irrational, and fraudulent creature, but rather is revered with Prometheus-like attributes, symbolizing liberty and individual empowerment. To adherents, he also serves as a conceptual framework and an external metaphorical projection of the Satanist's highest personal potential.[72] In his essay "Satanism: The Feared Religion", the current High Priest of the Church of Satan, Peter H. Gilmore, further expounds that "...Satan is a symbol of Man living as his prideful, carnal nature dictates. The reality behind Satan is simply the dark evolutionary force of entropy that permeates all of nature and provides the drive for survival and propagation inherent in all living things. Satan is not a conscious entity to be worshiped, rather a reservoir of power inside each human to be tapped at will".[73]

LaVeyan Satanists embrace the original etymological meaning of the word "Satan" (Hebrew: שָּׂטָן satan, meaning "adversary"). According to Peter H. Gilmore, "The Church of Satan has chosen Satan as its primary symbol because in Hebrew it means adversary, opposer, one to accuse or question. We see ourselves as being these Satans; the adversaries, opposers and accusers of all spiritual belief systems that would try to hamper enjoyment of our life as a human being."[74]

Post-LaVeyan Satanists, like the adherents of The Satanic Temple, argue that the human animal has a natural altruistic and communal tendency, and frame Satan as a figure of struggle against injustice and activism. They also believe in bodily autonomy, that personal beliefs should conform to science and inspire nobility, and that people should atone for their mistakes.[75]

Allegations of worship

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The main deity in the tentatively Indo-European pantheon of the Yazidis, Melek Taus, is similar to the devil in Christian and Islamic traditions, as he refused to bow down before humanity.[76]The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Therefore, Christians and Muslims often consider Melek Taus to be Satan.[76]The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. However, rather than being Satanic, Yazidism can be understood as a remnant of a pre-Islamic Middle Eastern Indo-European religion, and/or a ghulat Sufi movement founded by Shaykh Adi. In fact, there is no entity in Yazidism which represents evil in opposition to God; such dualism is rejected by Yazidis.[77]

In the Middle Ages, the Cathars, practitioners of a dualistic religion, were accused of worshipping Satan by the Catholic Church. Pope Gregory IX stated in his work Vox in Rama that the Cathars believed that God had erred in casting Lucifer out of heaven and that Lucifer would return to reward his faithful. On the other hand, according to Catharism, the creator god of the material world worshipped by the Catholic Church is actually Satan.[78]

Wicca is a modern, syncretic Neopagan religion,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. whose practitioners many Christians have incorrectly assumed to worship Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In actuality, Wiccans do not believe in the existence of Satan or any analogous figureThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and have repeatedly and emphatically rejected the notion that they venerate such an entity.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The cult of the skeletal figure of Santa Muerte, which has grown exponentially in Mexico,[79][80] has been denounced by the Catholic Church as Devil-worship.[81] However, devotees of Santa Muerte view her as an angel of death created by God,[82] and many of them identify as Catholic.[83]

Much modern folklore about Satanism does not originate from the actual beliefs or practices of theistic or atheistic Satanists, but rather from a mixture of medieval Christian folk beliefs, political or sociological conspiracy theories, and contemporary urban legends.[84][85][86]The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. An example is the Satanic ritual abuse scare of the 1980s—beginning with the memoir Michelle Remembers—which depicted Satanism as a vast conspiracy of elites with a predilection for child abuse and human sacrifice.[85][86] This genre frequently describes Satan as physically incarnating in order to receive worship.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

In culture

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In Dante Alighieri's Inferno, Satan appears as a giant demon, frozen mid-breast in ice at the center of the Ninth Circle of Hell.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Satan has three faces and a pair of bat-like wings affixed under each chin.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. In his three mouths, Satan gnaws on Brutus, Judas Iscariot, and Cassius,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. whom Dante regarded as having betrayed the "two greatest heroes of the human race":The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Julius Caesar, the founder of the new order of government, and Jesus, the founder of the new order of religion.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. As Satan beats his wings, he creates a cold wind that continues to freeze the ice surrounding him and the other sinners in the Ninth Circle.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Dante and Virgil climb up Satan's shaggy legs until gravity is reversed and they fall through the earth into the southern hemisphere.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Satan appears in several stories from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. including "The Summoner's Prologue", in which a friar arrives in Hell and sees no other friars,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but is told there are millions.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Then Satan lifts his tail to reveal that all of the friars live inside his anus.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Chaucer's description of Satan's appearance is clearly based on Dante's.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The legend of Faust, recorded in the 1589 chapbook The History of the Damnable Life and the Deserved Death of Doctor John Faustus,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. concerns a pact allegedly made by the German scholar Johann Georg Faust with a demon named Mephistopheles agreeing to sell his soul to Satan in exchange for twenty-four years of earthly pleasure.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. This chapbook became the source for Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost features Satan as its main protagonist.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Milton portrays Satan as a tragic antihero destroyed by his own hubris.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The poem, which draws extensive inspiration from Greek tragedy,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. recreates Satan as a complex literary character,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. who dares to rebel against the "tyranny" of God,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. in spite of God's own omnipotence.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The English poet and painter William Blake famously quipped that "The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels & God, and at liberty when of Devils & Hell, is because he was a true poet and of the Devils party without knowing it."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Paradise Regained, the sequel to Paradise Lost, is a retelling of Satan's temptation of Jesus in the desert.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

William Blake regarded Satan as a model of rebellion against unjust authorityThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and features him in many of his poems and illustrations,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. including his 1780 book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. in which Satan is celebrated as the ultimate rebel, the incarnation of human emotion and the epitome of freedom from all forms of reason and orthodoxy.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Based on the Biblical passages portraying Satan as the accuser of sin,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Blake interpreted Satan as "a promulgator of moral laws."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

In visual art

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Satan's appearance does not appear in the Bible or in early Christian writings,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. though Paul the Apostle does write that "Satan disguises himself as an angel of light" (The time allocated for running scripts has expired.).The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Devil was never shown in early Christian artworkThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and may have first appeared in the sixth century in one of the mosaics of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo. The mosaic "Christ the Good Sheppard" features a blue-violet angel at the left hand side of Christ behind three goats; opposite to a red angel on the right hand side and in front of sheep.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Depictions of the devil became more common in the ninth century,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. where he is shown with cloven hooves, hairy legs, the tail of a goat, pointed ears, a beard, a flat nose, and a set of horns.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Satan may have first become associated with goats through the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, recorded in The time allocated for running scripts has expired.,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. in which Jesus separates sheep (representing the saved) from goats (representing the damned); the damned are thrown into a hell along with "the devil and his angels."The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Medieval Christians were known to adapt previously existing pagan iconography to suit depictions of Christian figures.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Much of Satan's traditional iconography in Christianity appears to be derived from Pan,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. a rustic, goat-legged fertility god in ancient Greek religion.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Early Christian writers such as Saint Jerome equated the Greek satyrs and the Roman fauns, whom Pan resembled, with demons.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The Devil's pitchfork appears to have been adapted from the trident wielded by the Greek god PoseidonThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and Satan's flame-like hair seems to have originated from the Egyptian god Bes.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. By the High Middle Ages, Satan and devils appear in all works of Christian art: in paintings, sculptures, and on cathedrals.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Satan is usually depicted naked,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but his genitals are rarely shown and are often covered by animal furs.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The goat-like portrayal of Satan was especially closely associated with him in his role as the object of worship by sorcerersThe time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and as the incubus, a demon believed to rape human women in their sleep.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

Italian frescoes from the late Middle Ages onward frequently show Satan chained in Hell, feeding on the bodies of the perpetually damned.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. These frescoes are early enough to have inspired Dante's portrayal in his Inferno.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. As the serpent in the Garden of Eden, Satan is often shown as a snake with arms and legs as well the head and full-breasted upper torso of a woman.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Satan and his demons could take any form in medieval art,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but, when appearing in their true form, they were often shown as short, hairy, black-skinned humanoids with clawed and bird feet and extra faces on their chests, bellies, genitals, buttocks, and tails.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The modern popular culture image of Satan as a well-dressed gentleman with small horns and a tail originates from portrayals of Mephistopheles in the operas La damnation de Faust (1846) by Hector Berlioz, Mefistofele (1868) by Arrigo Boito, and Faust by Charles Gounod.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

In film and television

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The Devil is depicted as a vampire bat in Georges Méliès' The Haunted Castle (1896),The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. which is often considered the first horror film.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. So-called "Black Masses" have been portrayed in sensationalist B-movies since the 1960s.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. One of the first films to portray such a ritual was the 1965 film Eye of the Devil, also known as 13. Alex Sanders, a former black magician, served as a consultant on the film to ensure that the rituals portrayed in it were depicted accurately.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Over the next thirty years, the novels of Dennis Wheatley and the films of Hammer Film Productions both played a major role in shaping the popular image of Satanism.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

The film version of Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby established made Satanic themes a staple of mainstream horror fiction.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Later films such as The Exorcist (1973), The Omen (1976) and Angel Heart (1987) feature Satan as an antagonist.[87]

In music

Tartini's Dream (1824) by Louis-Léopold Boilly

References to Satan in music can be dated back to the Middle Ages. During the fifth century, a musical interval called the tritone became known as "the devil in Music" and was banned by the Catholic Church.[88] Giuseppe Tartini was inspired to write his most famous work, the Violin Sonata in G minor, also known as "The Devil's Trill", after dreaming of the Devil playing the violin. Tartini claimed that the sonata was a lesser imitation of what the Devil had played in his dream.[89] Niccolò Paganini was believed to have derived his musical talent from a deal with the Devil.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Charles Gounod's Faust features a narrative that involves Satan.[88]

In the early 1900s, jazz and blues became known as the "Devil's Music" as they were considered "dangerous and unholy".[88] According to legend, blues musician Tommy Johnson was a terrible guitarist before exchanging his soul to the Devil for a guitar. Later, Robert Johnson claimed that he had sold his soul in return for becoming a great blues guitarist.[90] Satanic symbolism appears in rock music from the 1960s. Mick Jagger assumes the role of Lucifer in the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968),[88] while Black Sabbath portrayed the Devil in numerous songs, including "War Pigs" (1970) and "N.I.B." (1970).[91]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The time allocated for running scripts has expired. (śāṭān), meaning "adversary";The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. or σατάν (ho satanas or satan);The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The time allocated for running scripts has expired. (shaitan), meaning "astray", "distant", or sometimes "devil"
  2. ^ In many cases, the translators of the Septuagint, the pre-Christian translation of the Hebrew Bible into ancient Greek, chose to render the Hebrew word sâtan as the Greek word διάβολος (diábolos), meaning "opponent" or "accuser".The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. This is the root of the modern English word Devil.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. Both the words satanas and diábolos are used interchangeably in the New Testament and in later Christian writings.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. The apostle Paul and the Gospel of Mark both use the word satanas more frequently than diábolos,The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. but the Gospel of Matthew uses the word diábolos more frequently and so do the Church Fathers Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Origen.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.
  3. ^ The Latin Vulgate translation of this passage renders Heylel as "Lucifer"The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired. and this name continues to be used by some Christians as an alternative name for Satan.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.The time allocated for running scripts has expired.

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  1. ^ ed. Buttrick, George Arthur; The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, An illustrated Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Stephen M. Hooks – 2007 "As in Zechariah 3:1–2 the term here carries the definite article (has'satan="the satan") and functions not as a...the only place in the Hebrew Bible where the term "Satan" is unquestionably used as a proper name is 1 Chronicles 21:1."
  3. ^ Coogan, Michael D.; A Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context, Oxford University Press, 2009
  4. ^ Rachel Adelman The Return of the Repressed: Pirqe De-Rabbi Eliezer p65 "However, in the parallel versions of the story in Chronicles, it is Satan (without the definite article),"
  5. ^ Septuagint 108:6 κατάστησον ἐπ᾽ αὐτὸν ἁμαρτωλόν καὶ διάβολος στήτω ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ
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  7. ^ Peter Clark, Zoroastrianism: An Introduction to Ancient Faith 1998, p. 152 "There are so many features that Zoroastrianism seems to share with the Judeo-Christian tradition that it would be difficult to ... Historically the first point of contact that we can determine is when the Achaemenian Cyrus conquered Babylon ..539 BC"
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  11. ^ [ Introduction to the Book of Jubilees, 15. Theology. Some of our Author's Views: Demonology, by R.H. Charles.
  12. ^ 2 Enoch 18:3. On this tradition, see A. Orlov, "The Watchers of Satanael: The Fallen Angels Traditions in 2 (Slavonic) Enoch," in: A. Orlov, Dark Mirrors: Azazel and Satanael in Early Jewish Demonology (Albany: SUNY, 2011) 85–106.
  13. ^ "And I threw him out from the height with his angels, and he was flying in the air continuously above the bottomless" – 2 Enoch 29:4
  14. ^ "The devil is the evil spirit of the lower places, as a fugitive he made Sotona from the heavens as his name was Satanail, thus he became different from the angels, but his nature did not change his intelligence as far as his understanding of righteous and sinful things" – 2 Enoch 31:4
  15. ^ See The Book of Wisdom: With Introduction and Notes, p. 27, Object of the book, by A. T. S. Goodrick.
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  18. ^ Based on the Jewish exegesis of 1 Samuel 29:4 and 1 Kings 5:18 – Oxford dictionary of the Jewish religion, 2011, p. 651
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  20. ^ Bava Batra 16a:8
  21. ^ Kiddushin 81a
  22. ^ Kiddushin 81b
  23. ^ Robert Eisen Associate Professor of Religious Studies George Washington University The Book of Job in Medieval Jewish Philosophy 2004 p. 120 "Moreover, Zerahfiiah gives us insight into the parallel between the Garden of Eden story and the Job story alluded to ... both Satan and Job's wife are metaphors for the evil inclination, a motif Zerahfiiah seems to identify with the imagination."
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  41. ^ Origen, On the First Principles Book I, Chapter 5, Paragraphs 4–5
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