Reli. Notes 7

Reli. Notes 7 - o Gradually becomes more sinister, against...

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The Formation of Satan The binary opposition: o Us/ them o We/ they o Israel/ “the Nations” o Theoretical opposites put together Jewish nation is a nation of God All else are lesser o Leviathan: Serpent from Canaanite mythology used to portray Israel’s enemies o In times of war/ peril: Us/ them becomes Israelites versus Israelites who have adopted foreign practices The satan = the adversary The satan: o One of God’s angels o The adversary of man o Thwarts man’s plan (i.e. the Grimm Reaper)
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Unformatted text preview: o Gradually becomes more sinister, against God History: o 168 BCE: Seleucid Ruler and Syrian King Antiochus goes against Jews by banning circumcision Jewish priest Mattathius kills Jew who bows to Antiochus o Who were the Essenes? Wore only white Completely celibate Lived in caves Believed only they were Gods chosen Jews Create new identity o Apocrypha: hidden things o : false writings...
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course RELI 125 taught by Professor Styers during the Fall '10 term at UNC.

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