Tom de Bruin deposited Ryan E. Stokes. The Satan: How God’s Executioner Became the Enemy. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2019. 304 pp. in the group Spes Christiana (journal) on Humanities Commons 12 months ago
There is not a plethora of books in the area of biblical studies dedicated exclu-sively to the topic of the Satan, and even among those that have recently emerged, most simply serve as a recapitulation of the available information. Ryan Stokes’ new monograph however changes this, boldly suggesting a new hypothesis regarding the meaning of the word satan and the dating of tradi-tional texts alongside the more typical and expected summaries of available evidence. Stokes’ hypothesis not only potentially changes how one under-stands the Satan’s classic definition and purpose in Ancient Israel and Early Judaism, but even has consequences for how exegesis on the book of Job may proceed in forthcoming studies.