Herein we continue, from part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, considering Demons within texts generally
Herein we continue, from part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, 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 The Sentences of the Sextus, Melchizedek, History of Joseph the Carpenter, 1 Enoch aka Ethiopic Apocalypse of Enoch, Apocalypse of Adam and The Book of Adam.
The Sentences of the Sextus – 180-230 AD
348/349 Unclean demons do lay claim on a polluted soul; a faitful and good soul evil demons will not be able to hinder in the way of God.
Melchizedek – 150-300 AD
Ellipses in original translation by Søren Giversen and Birger A. Pearson.
… is the sacrifice of […], whom Death deceived. When he died, he bound them with the natures which are leading them astray. Yet he offered up offerings […] cattle, saying, “I gave them to Death, and the Angels, and the […] demons […] living offering […]. I have offered up myself to you as an offering, together with those that are mine, to you yourself, (O) Father of the All, and those whom you love, who have come forth from you who are holy (and) living.
History of Joseph the Carpenter – 6th to 7th century AD
13 And let not demons of frightful aspect come near me in the way in which I am to go, until I come to Thee in bliss.
23 And the Angels preserved his soul from the demons of darkness which were in the way, and praised God even until they conducted it into the dwelling-place of the pious.
1 Enoch aka Ethiopic Apocalypse of Enoch – 1st to 2nd century AD
This is from the R. H. Charles, D.Litt., D.D. translation.
Chapter 19, XIX:1 And Uriel said to me: ‘Here shall stand the Angels who have connected themselves with women, and their spirits assuming many different forms are defiling mankind and shall lead them astray into sacrificing to demons as gods, (here shall they stand,) till the day of the great judgement in which they shall be judged till they are made an end of.
Chapter 69, LXIX:12 And the fifth was named Kasdeja: this is he who showed the children of men all the wicked smitings of spirits and demons, and the smitings of the embryo in the womb, that it may pass away, and [the smitings of the soul] the bites of the serpent, and the smitings which befall through the noontide heat, the son of the serpent named Taba’et.
Chapter 99, XCIX:7 And they who worship stones, and grave images of gold and silver and wood (and stone) and clay, and those who worship impure spirits and demons, and all kinds of idols not according to knowledge, shall get no manner of help from them.
Apocalypse of Adam – 1st to 2nd century AD
Solomon himself sent his army of demons to seek out the virgin.
The Book of Adam
The citation is as per J.P. Mahe’s translation from the Georgian original.
3.3c Two demons resembling Cain and Abel came. One demon reproached the other demon. He became angry with him and took a stone sword, which was of a transparent stone [maybe same stone as Ex 4:25]. He cut his throat and killed him.
In the next segment, we will consider Acts of Andrew, Acts of Thomas, Acts of Andrew, Acts of John, Book of Thomas the Contender and Letter of Clement of Alexandria on Secret Mark.
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