Chapter

A Demon at Work

James L. Crenshaw

in Defending God

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195140026
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140028.003.0004
 A Demon at Work

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Rather than defining God as essentially good, one can attribute a flawed character to the supreme being. Two biblical stories reflect this approach to theodicy, describing YHWH, the special name for Israel’s God, as demonic. In Gen 22:1–19 God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac on a distant mountain, and in Job 1–2 God wrecks human lives through a heavenly agent, the Satan, without cause (khinnam). Other harrowing tales in the Bible describe objectionable divine conduct best viewed as demonic.

Keywords: demonic; flaw; YHWH; Genesis; Abraham; sacrifice; Isaac; Satan; Job; good

Chapter.  7603 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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