First, the name “ Satan ” originates from the Hebrew word “ accuser ” in legal terminological facets ( Breytenbach and Day 1999 ) . The first response history for Satan dates back into the Old Testament with “ the Satan ” being referred to in three ( post-exilic ) contexts to a heavenly being and in five contexts to human existences ( Clark 2003 ) . The writer besides states that the first article to be associated with the name Satan was in the post-exilic book of Job and this name subsequently integrated itself into the Old Testament and flourishes in the New Testament. The other earlier mention to Satan in articles was made in the book of Job where Satan appears as a heavenly being and attempts to convert God that Job merely worships him because of his prosperity ( Box and Macquarrie 1965 ) .
There is besides no word picture of Satan as an independent being in the Old Testament. Writers of “ The enticement to the dark side ” , Partridge and Christianson ( 2009 ) states that in his books that scriptural bookmans such as ( Breytenbach and Day 1999 ) , ( Elwell 1998 ) and ( Gaster 1962 ) besides agree that,
“ Nowhere in the Old Testament is at that place a clear or incorporate impression of Satan as an independent being who is God ‘s adversary par excellence, nor is at that place any history of his beginning ” .
In the New Testament, the entity perceived by persons as Satan takes up assorted different names and signifiers, ( Bietenhard, Brown & A ; Wright, 1976 ) . The name “ Satan ” occurs 36 times in the New Testament. In these 27 Hagiographas, Satan is given several metaphorical names such as the Enemy, the Tempter, the Destroyer, the Evil 1, the Ruler or God of this universe, the Father of prevarications, a Murderer, the Adversary, the Deceiver, the Accuser, the Power of Darkness, the Prince of the power of the air, the Dragon, Belial, Abaddon, Apollyon, Lucifer and the ancient snake, ( Bietenhard, Brown and Wright 1976 ) , ( Elwell 1988 ) , ( Fuller 1979 ) and ( McRay 1986 ) .
However, a poet named John Milton from the seventeenth century would finally compose an Epic verse form titled “ Eden Lost ” which would subsequently hold a major influence in both Western literature and the mind of Western civilisation. In mention to John Milton, Paradise Lost is known to include mentions from Greek mythology, Christianity and Paganism. The narrative involves God ostracizing Satan besides known as “ Lucifer ” ( the carrier of visible radiation ) because of iniquitous pride which necessarily leads to Satan finally taking a tierce of the angels in Heaven with him. This narrative has besides ironically come to act upon certain persons to mistakenly compare the narrative of Satan in the Old Testament to that of John Milton ‘s.
Harmonizing to Russell ( 1992 ) , in attempts to score the inexperienced person, Satan is illustrated to be able to transform into an angel of visible radiation or tends to prowl around like a boom king of beasts. The writer further adds that in relation to movies, these motives have been profoundly exploited by modern-day media and this greatly aids film makers in making a modern-day image to Satan, frequently utilizing enticement narrations such as Satan ‘s ownership of Judas and the reproof to Peter by Jesus, “ Get thee behind me, Satan! ” . With a bulk of the elements indispensable to that of Satan ‘s figure adumbrated in the New Testament, Church Fathers such as Augustine and Origen subsequently succeeded in set uping certain authoritative and noteworthy elements which were steadily popularized by Gregory the Great ( Russell 1992 ) . Tradition and popular myths have besides increasingly added legion inside informations, such as the relationship with the color black and with Satan being labelled as “ the Black One ” , and harmonizing to Jewish fable, and the Gallic and German folklore, his changeless fancy for black silk ( Gaster 1962 ) . Obviously, there are indicants that the drawings of both the Persian and Egyptian ancestors which were inspired by the texts in the New Testament such as the Revelation of John gave the image of Satan his beast-like signifier which was subsequently modified to that of a human organic structure but with the inclusion of carnal extremities such as weaponries, tail, claws and legs entwined with serpents every bit good as the wings which are frequently comparatively different to that of an angel and which resembles that of a chiropteran such as the portrayal of Satan by Gustav Dore used in “ Paradise Lost ” , in which the wings gives mention to Satan ‘s heavenly origins ( Hall 1996 ) . The writer later states that the imaginativeness of the Medieval and Renaissance age conjured up other grotesquenesss and besides the traditional lecher which is besides ironically, a symbol of Paganism.
The other medium which would hold besides greatly influenced a bulk of modern twenty-four hours images and portraitures of Satan would be Hollywood. The popularisation of Satan occurred in the modern epoch and his repute for enigma allowed the managers to exemplify to the general audience what they perceive to be Satan ( Partridge & A ; Christianson, 2009 ) . The writers go on to province that film makers have portrayed Satan in assorted signifiers and in legion differing state of affairss. In Constantine, Peter Stormare performs his function of Lucifer doing his entry into the late into the flood tide of the film ( Internet Movie Database, 2005 ) . A figure of movies such as “ Small Nicky ” hold even managed a apply humour alternatively of the usual fright in their word picture of Satan by projecting popular veteran metal star Ozzy Osbourne to execute the function of Satan in amusing manner ( Internet Movie Database, 2000 ) .
In decision, it can be asserted that Satan did non be as an independent being in the Old Testament until the release of the New Testament in which the name “ Satan ” that was used in “ contexts ” by the Old Testament had shortly taken legion other names, signifiers and entities. It can be debated that literary classics such as John Milton ‘s “ Paradise Lost ” and the artistic portraiture of Lucifer in that book by Gustave Dore may hold influenced the portraiture of Satan in several popular media civilizations. Consequently, the beliefs and political orientations that Church Fathers Augustine and Origen developed in respects to Satan which were subsequently made popular by Gregory the Great, and played a critical function in act uponing the modern twenty-four hours image of Satan. Finally, it is besides made evident that popular media constitutions have in fact aided in the creative activity of a modern-day image for Satan and that general media content will go on playing an influential function whenever the Devil is widely in respect.