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Georgie G
311051.  Sat Apr 05, 2008 10:21 am Reply with quote

And as a related question-

Question - According to Old Testament how many feet does the devil have?

Forfits - Not feet cloven hooves
- Four
- Two
- none he's a sepent or snake (Adam/Eve)

Answer - there is no devil the Old Testament or indeed New Testament - the nearest approximation to the medieval view is an angel with the title Ha Satan - title not name - who served as God's servant and tested Job. There are however many demons and angels and some of demons are on God's team as it were.

311104.  Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:28 pm Reply with quote

Nice one Georgie - I'm moving this to the F series forum. Please make any further posts on there.

Georgie G
311105.  Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:29 pm Reply with quote


New to this game.

Prof Wind Up Merchant
311385.  Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:23 am Reply with quote

I apparently have 2 I believe.

Oolon Colluphid
311476.  Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:50 am Reply with quote

The devil obviously has two feet. With four, hooves or none [because of a snake body] how is the devil going to dance with people in the pale moonlight?

epicurian riddler
327520.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:30 pm Reply with quote

As you didn't specify the Devil in the Bible, one could argue and say that the devil figure Mephistopholes - a more humanoid personification of the devil/Satan figure - had two feet.

Isn't the concept of a devil, as we think of it, derived more from Luciferian legend than any strict biblical origins?

Beelzebub, another figure taken to be a Satan figure, was actually a defemation of a Philistine god worshipped in Ekron. The name deriving from Ba'al (also appearing in Sumerian and other assorted Semitic cultures) Zebb, possibly meaning 'lord of Zebub' (potentially a place) or 'lord of things that fly'.
Thomas Kelly Cheyne suggested that it might be a derogatory corruption of Ba'al Zebul, 'Lord of the High Place', or 'Lord of Heaven'.

As with several religions, the names of any earlier foreign or "pagan" deities often became synonymous with the concept of an adversarial entity.

327676.  Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:03 am Reply with quote

Doesn't the word Satan derive from the Islamic word Shaitan meaning Adversary, as in God's Adversary? Or is that something that Dan Brown made up?



327722.  Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:39 am Reply with quote

The major dictionaries give "Satan" as coming from Hebrew, with much the meaning suggested.

But Arabic did have the word cited by Dan Brown. Since Arabic and Hebrew are closely related languages, this is no great surprise.

He's perhaps stretching a point a little to say that the modern English word is derived from the Arabic one - it would make more sense for it to have come to us from the Hebrew via Greek and Latin, as the dictionaries suggest.

But the Arabic and Hebrew words may be presumed to have had a common ancestor in an older Semitic language, so what Mr Brown says is within the bounds of acceptability. Certainly as compared to much else to be found within that book.


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