The devil’s in the details!
Folks often use the names “Lucifer” and “Satan” as though they were interchangeable and one in the same. They’re not.
Isaiah 14:12 reads: How art though fallen from heaven, o Lucifer, son of the morning. Scholars believe this was a reference to Nebuchadnezzar–King of Babylon.
Lucifer translates as “giver of light” and refers to the morning or evening star. In fact, fallen or evil angels are not mentioned in the Old Testament. However, in Job 4:18, the Lord says that he puts “no trust in his angels” and “charged them with folly” ( which doesn’t sound very angelic, does it?)
St Jerome and other church elders assumed that Lucifer and Satan were the same being. Milton perpetuated the mix-up by naming the demon of pride Lucifer in Paradise Lost. The name is also used by Vondel in an epic poem.
Satan, on the other hand, means “adversary” in Hebrew and is mentioned in Numbers 22:22. Biblical scholars believe the word denotes a position or job–and is not connected to Evil or an evil entity.
Different interpretations and nuances provide lots of ambiguity regarding Satan.
Here’s a few quick facts to make your head spin. (LOL)
ha-satan was the chief of the seraphim order and the order of virtues
- note: seraphim are portrayed as having 6 wings, whereas Satan had 12
- Described as the the “prince of this world” in John 16:11
- Described as Prince of the Power of the Air in Ephesians 2:2
- Some scholars contend that the serpent in the Garden of Eden was an avatar of Satan OR worked/spoke through the snake
- The New Testament is where Satan is first equated with an Evil/Sinful being
- The Talmud states that Satan was created on the 6th day
- Cabalistic doctrine contend that Satan will get his old titles back ( sometime in the future)
- Satan also goes by the name “the ugly one”
- Other names for Satan: Angel of Edom, Sammael, Azazel, Gadreel, Duma, Beliel, Beliar Mastema.
This is just a small fraction of the information I researched for my Merkabah series, a SassySmartSexy blend where legends, lies, and mystical mayhem thwart an empathic investigator’s attempts to solve paranormal crimes.
Related links: Engaging Enigmas