Orthodox Judaism/Devil

Advertisement


Question
Does the Jewish religion incorporate any being like Satan or the devil into its beliefs? A pagan friend of mine says the "dark one" is pretty much only a part of Christianity and Satanism.

Answer
Hi James,

Thanks for the question.
The quick answer is that Judaism also has a form of Satan in its literature, however it differs greatly from the persona described in Christian literature.
Judaism believes that the Satan is actually an angel who works FOR God - not one that rebels against Him.
He is sent to create challenges for human beings thus increasing their reward upon successful outcome.
We believe that God never tests a person with a challenge too great for him to overcome. They are tailor made for his strengths and weaknesses.
Should a person fail, the particular weakness that Satan "exploited" is taken into account and thus minimizes any potential "punishment" or cleansing process to get them "back on track".
Many authorities believe that Satan, the Angel of Death and the Evil Inclination are all one and the same.

Hope this helps.

Tzvi

Orthodox Judaism

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Tzvi Frank

Expertise

As a scholar of Judaic Studies & Ethics for close to 25 years, I am happy to answer any of your questions regarding Jewish Law and its meaning as well as general Jewish philosophy. Thousands of years of Jewish religious scholarship teaches us to always ask questions. From the Talmud to this very day, scholars have been consistently questioning premises and concepts that exist in Jewish thought. Never be afraid to ask! The answer may change your life. I will not answer questions pertaining to Christianity or Jesus.

Experience

I have been a scholar of Jewish Studies & Ethics for close to 25 years and I have been responding to online questions for close to 10 years.

Publications
Have been published in numerous (Hebrew) Academic publications.

Education/Credentials
B.A. in Judaica Studies and Ethics.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.