The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity by Jeffrey Burton Russell

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This lively and learned book traces the history of the concept of evil from its beginnings in ancient times to the period of the New Testament. A remarkable work of synthesis, it draws upon a vast number of sources in addressing a major historical and philosophical problem over a broad span of time and in a number of diverse cultures, East and West. Jeffrey Burton Russell probes the roots of the idea of evil, treats the development of the idea in the Ancient Near East, and then examines the concept of the Devil as it was formed in late Judaism and early Christianity.

Cornell University Press, 1987.
ISBN: 9780801494093. 276 pp.
Softcover. Near fine.