Satan made me do it! : the development of a Satan figure as social-theological diagnostic strategy from the late Persian imperial era to early Christianity
CITATION: Jonker, L. C. 2017. Satan made me do it! : the development of a Satan figure as social-theological diagnostic strategy from the late Persian imperial era to early Christianity. Old Testament Essays, 30(2):348-366, doi:10.17159/2312-3621/2017/v30n2a10.
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The purpose of this article is, first of all, to provide a short overview of the socio-religious development to personalise evil into a Satan figure alongside God. Thereafter, I will provide one biblical example which stands at the beginning of this development, namely 1 Chr 21. This text analysis will merely serve as one example to illustrate the relationship between the socio-religious developments in the Second Temple period and biblical textual formation through the reinterpretation of earlier traditions. In a last section, I will reflect on how our awareness of this relationship between socio-religious development and reinterpretation affects how Christian theology participates in social-theological diagnostics today.