Demons in Preaching of Peter, Origen and Sibylline Oracles

Herein we conclude, from part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4,
Herein we conclude, from
part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, considering Demons within texts generally termed the Apocrypha, Deutero Canonical, Pseudepigrapha, Gnostic Texts, etc. (see my article on the Apocrypha here). The fuller complete result consists of quotations of those sections within the text that refer to Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Devil, Satan, demons, serpent and dragon. The point is not to elucidate these references but to provide relevant partial quotations and citations. See my section on Angels in general and in apocryphal texts here. See my section on Cherubim and Seraphim in general and in apocryphal texts here and Satan in apocryphal texts here.

Demons in Preaching of Peter, Origen and Sibylline Oracles.

Preaching of Peter – 100-150 AD
M.R. James’ The Apocryphal New Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1924 AD) which contains The Preaching of Peter includes a note which states, “There are certain other fragments of a ‘Teaching of Peter’ which may be another name for the Preaching. Opinion is divided. Probably the first, from Origen, is from the Preaching. The others are of a different complexion”:

Origen on First Principles i, prologue 8. But if any would produce to us from that book which is called The Doctrine of Peter, the passage where the Saviour is represented as saying (lit. seems to say) to the disciples: I am not a bodiless spirit (demon): he must be answered in the first place that that book is not reckoned among the books of the church: (and then) it must be shown that the writing is neither by Peter nor by any one else who was inspired by the spirit of God.

Sibylline Oracles – 80-250 AD
Book I:430 The deaf shall hearken, and the dumb shall speak. Demons shall he drive out, and of the dead there shall be an uprising.

Book III:405-410 …thou then look upon thy land full of the dead, some of them fallen by war and by the demon of all violence, famine and plague, and some by barbarous foes.

Book VIII:55-60 What god shall save thee, whether wrought of gold or stone or brass? Or then where thy decrees of senate? Where shall be the race of Rhea, of Cronus, or of Zeus, and of all those whom thou didst worship, demons without life, Images of the worn-out dead.

510-520 All useful, with the smell of sacrifice filling the feast, as if for their own dead. For they [their?] flesh and bones full of marrow burn offering on altars, and they pour out blood to demons, and they kindle lights to me the giver of light, and as to a god that thirsts do mortals drunken pour out wine for nought to idols that can give no aid.
I have no need of your burnt offerings, nor your libations, nor polluted smoke, nor blood most hateful. For in memory of kings and tyrants they will do these things unto dead demons, as to heavenly beings, performing service godless and destructive. And godless they their images call gods.

In the next segment, we will begin a section on paranormal entities in the Targumim.


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