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Devil
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1. Concept

1.1. Gk. diabolos, from which the Eng. “devil” is derived, is the usual LXX translation of śāṭān (adversary). In the NT it is used more in the Greek sense as “accuser” or “slanderer.” By way of the Gothic Bible it was taken over in Frankish, Anglo-Saxon, and German. It has retained its full meaning only as a Christian term, which also refers to the leader and representative of unbelief and heresy (Heresies and …

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Colpe, Carsten, “Devil”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D196>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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