Powers of Evil: A Biblical Study of Satan and Demons

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Powers of Evil: A Biblical Study of Satan and Demons, by Sydney H. T. Page. Baker Books, Grand Rapids, 1995. 295 pp. $19.95 (paper). ISBN 0-8010-7137-2.

IN THIS WORK, Page discusses virtually every explicit reference to Satan and to other evil spirits in the Bible. Page's aim is to offer those readers "who consider the Bible to have authority over faith and life" a comprehensive review of the Bible's teachings about these subjects, so that such readers might make wellinformed assessments of media- and church-promulgated claims about the satanic and the demonic. Chapter divisions in the book include "Satan in the Old Testament" (including discussion of the serpent in Gen. 3, though Page recognizes that Satan is not explicitly mentioned here; and also of Isa. 14:12-15 and Ezek. 28:12-19, sometimes interpreted as references to the fall of Satan); "Fallen Angels, Demons, and Evil Spirits in the Old Testament"; "Satan and Jesus in Conflict"; Jesus' Mastery of the Demons" (on exorcisms in the Gospels and Acts); "The Apostolic Teaching Concerning Satan" (covering the New Testament epistles and Revelation); and "The Apostolic Teaching Concerning the Powers of Evil." In a postscript entitled "The Demonic Today," Page offers several reasons why biblical teachings about Satan and the demonic should not simply be ignored, and warns against excesses that may occur when such teachings are accepted as true. …