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On the strength of faith

And so Abraham, tried until only his faith remained, killed the false angel sent by Satan, and then fulfilled the command of his Lord.

.finis.

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razorsmile
Mar. 13th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Bible AU?
__marcelo
Mar. 13th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
Sometimes it's all about the really old fandoms.
liquidengineer0
Mar. 13th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
...Yeah. It's been way too long since I read Job (I once did a paper on it), so I'm missing something here. But my instincts are telling me I would be duly terrified if I knew what was going on.

What am I missing? Context, please. :)
__marcelo
Mar. 13th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
The context is that I'm an idiot. I meant Abraham, not Job. *headdesks*
onfireforhigher
Mar. 13th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure the Hebrews had the concept of "Satan" at the time (at least not in the capacity of an opposer of God), but if they had...
__marcelo
Mar. 13th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hmm, an interesting thing to ponder. Thanks!
anowack
Mar. 14th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
To the best of my knowledge, they didn't. The concept of Satan as an opponent to God is a much later Christian innovation. My understanding is that the "original" Satan was a servant of God whose job was to argue against the merciful option and in favor of harsh justice. Even that, I believe, was added later than the time of Abaraham.

That's my recollection, anyhow. It's been a while since I studied it, so I could be wrong.
__marcelo
Mar. 14th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Ah, ok. Thanks!
razorsmile
Mar. 18th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Nope, you're correct. Book of Job makes that clear and explicit which, in turn quite literally makes God the biggest asshole in the universe.
katarik
Mar. 16th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Anowack's accurate -- Satan developed, iirc, from the angel Samael (the poison of God). In the book of Job, Samael is the person arguing with God for having Job continue to lose something he values.

However, the *story* really needs the concept of the false angel in order to work.
__marcelo
Mar. 16th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Got it.
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