Inquisitive Minds Podcast Critical Thinking on History, Religion, Politics and Culture

The second episode of our series on the figure of Satan in the Bible touches on how this figure is characterized in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Is Satan of the Hebrew Bible the same as that of the New Testament? Readers of the gospels first come across this figure in the testing of Jesus in the wilderness. Does Satan in this story work against God or on his behalf, and is the characterization of this personage consistent throughout the gospels? Can the role ascribed to Satan in these gospel stories shed some light on the ways early Christians tried to rationalize their faith in their struggle with evil?

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October 26, 2015  
On this week's episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we discuss the characterization of the figure of Satan in the Hebrew Bible. How did the writers of the Jewish scriptures understand evil and its connection to the figure of Satan? What was the role of Satan and how was such a figure related to the character of God? Was Satan always seen as the arch enemy of God or did he progressively morph into an evil character? Did Satan become the personification of the bad side God? These and other questions concerning the figure of Satan are explored in this week's podcast.

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