on hell, demonology, and language

In college, I found there were scholars who took demons and demonology seriously. This was all much more to my liking even though these scholars left out all of the flash and glamour and the spitting of pea soup utilized by Hollywood. Scholars tend to focus on texts, and that was essentially what I was after--textual expositions on demonology.

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sources on exorcism and demons

I've just compiled a nice bibliography for my agent on exorcism. Just in case you're interested, here are a few books that I consulted (and enjoyed reading) while I worked on Rachael's possession and subsequent exorcism. I'm not going to talk a lot about it here, because of some upcoming blog interviews, but maybe later.

If you're interested, that is.

Here are a few of the books I used:

Armando Maggi, Satan’s Rhetoric: A Study of Renaissance Demonology (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2001).

Charles Stewart, Demons and the Devil: Moral Imagination in Modern Greek Culture (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991).

Graham H. Twelftree, In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism Among Early Christians (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007).

Graham H. Twelftree, Jesus the Miracle Worker: A Historical and Theological Study (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1999.

James H. Charlesworth, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Apocalyptic Literature & Testaments (New York: Doubleday, 1983).

James H. Charlesworth, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: Expansions of the “Old Testament” and Legends, Wisdom and Philosophical Literature, Prayers, Psalms and Odes, Fragments of Lost Judeo-Hellenistic Works (New York: Doubleday, 1983).

Jeffrey Burton Russell, The Devil: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977).

William Whiston, trans., The Works of Josephus (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1987).