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Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons
Dochhorn, Jan, Susanne Rudnig-Zelt and Benjamin Wold, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016 pp. xiv + 297. €84.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/412


Description: This collection of essays focuses on the question of “evil” in religious traditions that may be described as “monotheistic” or for which at least the rule of one main god over all other deities and powers is a key concern. The emphasis of this volume moves from the Hebrew scriptures to nascent Judaism and Christianity, and concludes with attention to the reception of traditions in Targumic literature and medieval legends. The articles in this volume demonstrate the wide variety of ways in which “evil” manifested itself in the literature of ancient Judaism and Christianity. Authors address continuities, innovations, and divergences within these different but related traditions, with questions about the location of evil externally, as a demon or a devil, or internally, as the human capacity for evil. Additionally, when dualism is formative for constructions of evil in Jewish and Christian literature, care is taken to develop forms in which evil is ultimately subordinated to God and the good.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Early Christian Literature, Other Literature, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Carol A. Newsom
Published 2/2/2017
Citation: Carol A. Newsom, review of Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudnig-Zelt, and Benjamin Wold, eds., Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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