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Satan: A Biography

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Christians traditionally think of Satan as Lucifer, God's enemy, who rebelled against Him out of pride and then caused Adam and Eve to sin. But, as Kelly shows, this portrayal is not biblical but a scenario invented by the early Fathers of the Church which became the 'New Biography of Satan'. The 'Original Biography' must be reconstructed from the New Testament where Satan ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press
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Lee Harmon
Apr 02, 2011 Lee Harmon rated it really liked it
A strange book; I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. Kelly’s premise, and he is quite serious, is that Satan is a badly misunderstood fellow. That the Satan we know today bears little or no resemblance to the Biblical Satan.

As far as I can tell, Kelly is a believer in the Bible and in Satan, and wants to set the record straight. He doesn’t appreciate the legends that have sprung up about Satan since the writing of the Bible. Satan, for example, has nothing to do with the serpent in the Gard
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Antonio Gallo
Nov 28, 2016 Antonio Gallo rated it really liked it
Di tutte le biografie che mi è capitato di leggere questa è certamente una delle più interessanti. La vita degli uomini è sempre e comunque un percorso degno di essere descritto e fatto conoscere per iscritto, a futura memoria, al colto ed all’inclita.

Uno scrittore che si cimenta nella stesura di una biografia è sempre il segnale di un lavoro importante, da consultare come documento e, se è il caso, conservare come un modello di riferimento esistenziale.

Magari senza averlo mai letto, si citano
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Emily
I'm only 45 pages in and I've been in continuous argument with Kelly about translation of Hebrew, Greek, Latin - particularly about definite vs. indefinite article usage. Sloppy discussion of translation & interpretation. Unclear explanation of composition histories. I suspect my first & second year college students would be even more confused than I am (and I teach HB & NT!). This reads like it wants to be a popular book accessible to non-scholars (minimal foot notes, not quoting in ...more
Mikhail Ignatev
Sep 11, 2011 Mikhail Ignatev rated it liked it
А вот это реально интересно. Собственно, основную мысль можно (как и в ЛЮБОЙ хорошей книге) изложить в двух словах: Сатана ЦЕЛИКОМ изобретён разноообрзаными соборами в раннем средневековье - и не имеет НИКАКОГО отношения ни к Ветхому, ни к Новому Заветам. Но, разумеется, дьявол кроется в деталях!!))) В общем, я - как заядлый неофит - узнал много нового и поучительного!
Steven Wedgeworth
Jun 14, 2011 Steven Wedgeworth rated it it was ok
Ultimately disappointing. Many of the observations could have been valid without the overly skeptical approach, but the author instead choose to be too dismissive of the flexibility of traditional accounts and to reject any notion of canonicity.
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