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Who the Devil is Beelzebub?
« on: Thu May 28, 2020 - 16:02:42 »
Three passages in the Synoptic Gospels identify the enigmatic figure of Beelzebul as the ruler of demons (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15). In each of these passages, Jesus’ enemies attribute his ability to heal to the powers of “Beelzebul, the prince of demons.”a No more information is given. Other verses where Beelzebul appears (Matthew 10:25, 27; Luke 11:18, 19) are even less helpful, mentioning only his name. That’s it. There are no references to Beelzebul in early Jewish literature—or in any other early literature, for that matter.1

Popular consensus equates Beelzebul with Satan, a connection that dates back at least to the time of Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria (c. 316–318 C.E.).2 Yet nowhere does the New Testament explicitly correlate these two figures; rather, the identification of Beelzebul with Satan is but a possible contextual reading of Matthew 12:26–27, in which Jesus answers his critics: “Every kingdom divided against itself is an evil waste…If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?” The Hebrew Bible and other Jewish writings list many names for Satan—Mastema, Sammael, Asmodaeus, Belial—but Beelzebul is not among them.

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Who the Devil is Beelzebub?
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Re: Who the Devil is Beelzebub?
« Reply #1 on: Thu May 28, 2020 - 16:55:40 »
Beelzebub is a transliteration of the Hebrew בַּעַל זְבוּב, and is the patron god of the Philistine city of Ekron.

It is mentioned in 1Kings 1.