From Gods to Man: Angels, Demons and Other

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The Collège de France hosts the videos of papers delivered at the 2014 Seminar in Thomas Römer’s series The Hebrew Bible and Its Contexts, May 19-20, 2014:

 From Gods to Man: Angels, Demons and Other…

The videos are available for download in *.mov format.

Introduction – Collège de France

Michaël Guichard, “Protective Genii and Agents of Evil in Art and Texts (Late III – Early II Millenium BCE)”

Lionel Marti, “Angels or Demons? Divine Beings Seen through the Eyes of Assyrian Wise Men”

Diana Edelman, “Living with Ancestral Spirits in Judah in the iron Age and Persian Period”

Christophe Nihan, “Comparative Imaginary of the Demoniac in Ancient Israelite Traditions, The Dwellers in the Runins in the Book of Isaiah”

Anna Angelini, “Comparative Imaginary of the Demoniac in Ancient Israelite Traditions: The Bestiary of Isaiah in the Septuagint”

Brian Schmidt, “Was There an Early Israelite Pandemonium?”

Dominique Charpin, “Intercession in Mesopotamian Society”

Daniele Garrone, “An Interface with the Deity, a Representative of the People (Exodus 18,19): Moses’ Positions between Yhwh and Israel”

Matthieu Pellet, “The Hero: An Intermediate Figure? Comparative Study of Epic Greek and Old Testament Data”

Marc Philonenko, “The Angels of Heaven and Elements of the Universe”

David Hamidovic, “The Multiple Identities of Metatron in Ancient Judaism: Man, Angel, and God”

Christoph Uehlinger, “Why the Figure of the Revealing Angel?”

Jean-Marie Durand, “The Personal God of the Amorite King and the Success of His Subjects”

Hans-Peter Mathys, “The King: A Key Figure Between God/the Gods and Man”

Dany Nocquet, “The Figure of the Prophet’s Man-Guide in Ezekiel 40-48”

Nils Heessel, “Mesopotamian Demons: Alien and yet Native Powers?”

Youri Volokhine, “Infernal Bes Gods”

Valérie Nicolet-Anderson, “Paul’s Pantheon: An Embarrassment of Riches in the Spirit World”

Bernd Janowski, “The Scapegoat: Notes on a Demoniac Figure from the Old Testament”

Jean Kellens, “Figures of Divine Subordination in Mazdaism”

Bernadette Martel-Thoumian, “Divine Messages and Intermediaries in a Selection of Mamluk Historical Chronologies”

Thomas Römer, “The Need for the Devil”

Thomas Römer, From Gods to Man: Angels, Demons and Other”

Carol A. Newsom: Demons and Evil Angels in Early Judaism

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Professor Carol A. Newsom (Emory University) gives a lecture on “Demons and Evil Angels in Early Judaism”, delivered on April 22, 2013 at The University of Texas at Austin:

Although classical Israelite religion has very little to say about demons and other evil forces, but popular religion took it for granted that evil demons existed, haunting desert ruins and sometimes preying on people. In the late Persian and Hellenistic periods (4th—2nd centuries BCE) speculation about these types of figures proliferates. Incantations against demons, protective amulets, and practices of exorcism are all attested. Mythic accounts of the origin of evil spirits are developed, and the names and occasionally even the appearance of the demons are described. This talk will examine the origins and functions of speculation on demonic forces in early Judaism, a worldview with profound and lasting cultural effects. Although rabbinic Judaism largely rejected it, this worldview strongly shaped Christian religious beliefs. And while modernist Christians do not take the mythology of evil spirits literally, variations on these beliefs remain common among conservative evangelical and Pentecostal Christians throughout the world.

The lecture is available in mp3 audio format. It is also available on video, at an earlier rendition of the paper, at the Carolina Centre for Jewish Studies, November 2012:

Carol A. Newsom is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. She has written seven books and scores of articles, book chapters, translations, encyclopedia articles, and reviews. She has received several prestigious research fellowships, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Henry Luce Foundation, and has won several awards for excellence in teaching and mentoring. She recently served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a senior fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion.