Monday, February 15, 2016

Dochhorn et al. (eds.), Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen

Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen – Evil, the Devil, and Demons
Hrsg. v./Ed. by Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudnig-Zelt u./and Benjamin Wold

[Evil, the Devil, and Demons. Dualistic Characteristics in the Religion of Israel, Ancient Judaism and Christianity.]
2016. XIV, 297 pages.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 412
84,00 €
sewn paper
ISBN 978-3-16-152672-5

Published in German.
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.
Follow the link for the TOC. The essays are in German and English.