Questions tagged [satan]

In Judaism, an angel acting at God's direction to test or prove somebody; in Christianity, a fallen angel who rebelled against God and reigns over hell.

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Why is Isaiah 14:12-15 interpreted by some to refer to Satan?

Is 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend ...
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Was there precedent for John to link the satan and the serpent?

In Revelation 20:2, John links the satan and the serpent: He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. A couple preliminary questions:...
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Why is Satan, clearly a living being (fallen angel) who spoke to God and Jesus, called "the satan"? [closed]

I first saw 'the satan' on Wikipedia. Satan is listed 49 times in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. I did not look at every verse, but of the many I did review, not one is translated 'the satan'. ...
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Should the word 'satan' be left untranslated, merely be transliterated and left to the traditional connotations?

The word 'satan' is being used and heard as if it were a name. How could it be rendered in a way not distracting from its actual meaning of opposition and enmity? The texts where this is an issue are ...
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What is Apostle Paul's "thorn in the flesh"?

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (AKJV) And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest ...
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When did, "Satan fall from Heaven like lightning." Luke 10:18?

A couple of recent questions regarding Satan/devil on this site, has prompted me to ask a related question. In Luke 10:17 after the seventy-two returned,they say to Jesus (NIV), "Lord,even the ...
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Where did ancient readers believe the bottomless pit to be located?

The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. (Rev 17:8 ESV) Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to ...
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Is Satan one of the "sons of God"?

In the framing story of Job, we read about הַשָּׂטָן (ha-Satan) and בְּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים (ben 'elohiym) appearing before God: Now it fell upon a day, that the sons of God came to present themselves ...
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Is there a difference between "the devil" and "Satan" in the Synoptic Gospels?

While answering a question about the words σατανᾶς (satanas, Satan – transliterated from Hebrew śāṭān) and διάβολος (diabolos, devil) in the New Testament, I ran into another question for which ...
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Why, in Ezekiel 28, is the King of Tyre conflated with Lucifer?

Most of what Christians know about Lucifer comes from Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. Especially in Ezekiel, however, the oracles are clearly addressed to the King of Tyre. 11 The word of the LORD came to ...
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Did Judas commit suicide by hanging himself because Satan "had entered him"? or was it by his own "free will"?

I will start off by quoting a portion of John 6:70, which says: Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? "Devil" here is "Diabolos, slanderous; with ...
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Does the word Satan ever show up in the New Testament?

Satan is a Hebrew word that means adversary. The New Testament is written in Greek. So I guess not. It seems that they have another word. Diabolos or something that means the devil. Is that devil ...
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Did Satan want Jesus crucified or not? Matthew 16:21-23 vs Luke 22:3-6

Many interpret Jesus' words in Matthew 16:23 as evidence that Satan manipulated Peter into attempting to dissuade Jesus from going to the cross (see the top answers to this related question for ...
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Did Judas have free will to reject Satan's temptation? [closed]

I have this thought and I would like to hear yours. Was Judas destined to betray Jesus or does Judas have the free will to reject Satan’s temptation? Satan has entered Judas’ body at John 13:27 which ...
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Did Jesus address Peter or Satan influencing Peter when he said “Get behind me, Satan!" in Matthew 16:23?

Matthew 16:23 (ESV): 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Was ...
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Are kruvim also angels?

Some use Ezekiel 28 as a prooftext that Satan is an angel. It specifically says that the subject is a כְּרוּב (kruv) (Ezek. 28:14). Are kruvim also angels? Addendum: Well, what I meant was, are ...
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Isaiah 14:12 - relationship to Canaanite religion

In Isaiah 14:12, (a passage addressed to the king of Babylon) Isaiah says: Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of ...
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Are there any published works on the development of "satan/Satan" in the Hebrew Bible to the New Testament? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone knew of any published works (books or papers) that study the development of the hebrew word satan and particularly how it came to be associated in some places with the New ...
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Was Jesus "reviling Satan" in John 8:44 contrary to the admonition in Jude vss. 8-9?

In the Gospel of John we read of Jesus' condemnation of the Devil: John 8:44: "[The Devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. ...
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In Ephesians 2:2 is Paul speaking of "mighty works" by "Satan"?

Eph 2:2 KJV - 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: ...