Greek: diabolos; Meaning: a slanderer
In Leviticus 17:7 the word “devil” is the translation of the Hebrew sair, meaning a “goat” or “satyr” (Isaiah 13:21; 34:14), alluding to the wood-demons, the objects of idolatrous worship among the heathen.
In the narratives of the Gospels regarding the “casting out of devils” a different Greek word (daimon) is used. In the time of our Lord there were frequent cases of demoniacal possession (Matthew 12:25-30; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 4:35; 10:18, etc.).
- DEMON POSSESSSION AND INFLUENCE—Can Christians be demon possessed? In what ways can Satan and his demons influence believers? Answer
- Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you?
- the old serpent
- The dragon