Dispelling Demons: Interpretations of Evil and Exorcism in Ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, and Biblical Contexts

Programme

This session considers the different interpretations of demons and monsters as seen in ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, and Biblical material. It aims to understand how such liminal beings were represented in these different, though connected, contexts, and how they were characterized in both textual and artistic depictions. Demons and other supernatural beings were often constructed in negative: created and defined through measures that could be taken to protect against them or exorcize them from an afflicted individual. The ways in which such figures could be fought or expelled, as well as the qualities that defined a number of benevolent supernatural figures that worked to oppose their malevolence, speaks to their important, but often fluid and shifting, roles in each context and culture.

Chairs

Gina Konstantopoulos

Member Area


The Annual Conference 2020
has been cancelled.