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Bibil Identifier bibil:214678
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Exorcism and the Defeat of Beliar in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
Author Twelftree, Graham H.
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 65, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 170-188 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the light of a growing consensus that the Testaments is a Christian work, perhaps from Syria and, arguably, from the middle of the second century, it has potential to shed light on the understanding of exorcism in proto-orthodox Christianity of the period. As Beliar's adverse impact on people is seen to be expressed in terms of inner struggles and broken relationships, rather than physical affliction, his defeat is proposed primarily in terms of acts of the mind and behaviour. The few references to exorcism show its use as part of the defeat of Beliar, though also primarily as a metaphor for the ministry of Jesus and his followers. This locates the Testaments over against those documents that show no interest in the demonic or exorcism, and between those texts that promote exorcism and those that take the demonic to be defeated in other ways.
DOI 10.1163/157007210X515916
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Patriarchs : Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
Terms Βελίαλ βελιαλ
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