Judaism And 'the Devil'
Posted 26 May 2011 - 01:49 AM
Posted 26 May 2011 - 06:05 AM
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. - Plato
Posted 26 May 2011 - 04:18 PM
It would seem that Jews would be able to, if they choose, have a "devil" or even The Devil, since there is nothing in the Hebrew Bible to prevent them from doing so. It would be much like how Jews have a rather open interpretation of an afterlife and any number of theological concepts. It generally lies outside the mainstream but it's not strictly forbidden (you might say it lies in the realm of speculation and argumentation which is usually encouraged). Some Jews might be open to talking about such a thing while others might just shut the conversation down as pointless. I imagine if you tracked down a decent Rabbi they would engage this topic although I would think they would dismiss it if you only wanted to discuss a xian devil and its trappings. In this sense I would imagine that someone like a Hitler would be a Jewish Devil (an "evil one") and anyone else who perpetrated great "evil" (most likely on the Jews but really anyone I guess) would be a devil. While Satan is a supernatural "angel" that works for their god. I doubt very much a devil would ever come from their god and, as such, could ever be supernatural (excluding the possibility of it ever being an "angel").
So there could be a Jewish Devil since the Hebrew Bible doesn't explicitly state otherwise but its details can only be speculated about which means it would be something most Jews would probably not bother with as a matter of course.
PLEASE NOTE: Just because I speak as if YHWH/jesus exist does not mean they do. It's simply for the sake of the argument.
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