Journal Article

Demons and Douglas: Applying Grid and Group to the Demonologies of the <i>Testament of Solomon</i>

Sarah L. Schwarz

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 80, issue 4, pages 909-931
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online December 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI:
Demons and Douglas: Applying Grid and Group to the Demonologies of the Testament of Solomon

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The Testament of Solomon (TSol) is filled with ideas about demons, and its textual tradition is complex and difficult. This study applies Mary Douglas' grid/group analysis to the demonologies of the TSol, arguing that the insights from her anthropological approach can help us make sense of the twin challenges of this material. By situating particular demonologies found within the TSol materials in Douglas' theorized quadrants, we can make suggestions about the social locations that might have produced them. In doing so, we can bolster both our understanding of these demonologies within this textual history and gain insight into the ways attention to demons might enhance our understanding of religious communities and their social worlds over time.

Journal Article.  8720 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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