Das Bose, der Teufel und Damonen:
Evil, the Devil & Demons

[German & English]

Wissenschafliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. No. 412

Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons

Edited by: Jan Dochhorn, et al.
May 2016
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161541384
311 Pages
$122.50 Paper original


At the heart of this collection is the question of evil in religions that are seen as monotheistic or for at least the rule of the chief god above all other gods and powers is a crucial concern. The focus is on the emergent Judaism and Christianity and the Old Testament as the book that has influenced both religions prevail. Of special interest are the texts from Qumran, and moreover takes place a view on medieval legends of saints. The papers in this volume show that there are a wide variety of incarnations of evil in the ancient Jewish and Christian texts, either externally as a demon or devil, be it internally as the human capacity to do evil. In principle, therefore, both methods were used in ancient times. Evil was both internalized as embodied in non-human figures or associated with them. Moreover, it turns out that is not rejected in principle in the Judeo-Christian literature dualism, but only forms of dualism occur where the evil God and goodness is ultimately subordinate. The authors explain how they tried in antiquity and the Middle Ages, to come up with the evil to the edge and make diverse stories from evil and his role in creation before. Whether in one of these stories already 'Accommodating' Evil '' has taken place, is the discretion of the reader.