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Demons in early Judaism and Christianity: characters and characteristics

Patmore, Hector and Lossl, Josef ORCID: 2022. Demons in early Judaism and Christianity: characters and characteristics. Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, vol. 113. Leiden: Brill.

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For Jews and Christians in Antiquity beliefs about demons were integral to their reflections on fundamental theological questions, but what kind of ‘being’ did they consider demons to be? To what extent were they thought to be embodied? Were demons thought of as physical entities or merely as metaphors for social and psychological realities? What is the relation between demons and the hypostatization of abstract concepts (fear, impurity, etc) and baleful phenomenon such as disease? These are some of the questions that this volume addresses by focussing on the nature and characteristics of demons — what one might call ‘demonic ontology’.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Publisher: Brill
ISBN: 9789004517141
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 11:21

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