How will we deal with the subject of demonology here? First, I would like to spend a bit of time talking about the organization of this book for those who are unfamiliar, and then I would like to talk a bit about the scope of the work and its particular focus, so that those who are looking for information about this subject material can correctly know whether they are going to find it here or not.
First, let us discuss some information about the organization of this work. This work does not have chapters, but is rather divided into a series of parts. After this introductory section we will begin our discussion of biblical demonology with a discussion of Satan as he is known throughout the Bible. This discussion is in a variety of names. Quite strikingly, Satan is viewed more as a title than as a personal name in the various names in which he is referred. Ha-Satan, for example, means “the enemy” or “the adversary,” and he is so described frequently in the Bible, serving as a prosecuting attorney against believers. Other titles, like “Belzebub,” refer to heathen deities worshiped, for example, by the people of Ekron, whose deity “Baal Zebub,” or Lord of the Flies, has inspired later writers even down to the contemporary age. And Lord of the Flies again is a title and not a name. Anyway, moving beyond this quirk, after a discussion of Satan as he is discussed in the Bible will then lead to a discussion of the demonic world as a whole as it is discussed in the Bible from a passage analysis. Passage by passage we will discuss what is said about demons in the Bible–some of which is quite surprising. After that we will come to some conclusions about demonology based on what the Bible has said about it, and we will close with an appendix that contains a discussion of the books that I have found on the subject of demonology, many of which deal with subjects outside of the scope of this particular work, and which may be of interest to you as readers.
Again, it is worth noting this organization and scope so that it is clearly understood. Instead of being presented in chapter form the larger subject matter will be organized in parts and the segments of those parts will be passage analyses of the Bible. There are a lot of questions that one might have about Satan and the demonic world that will only be dealt with implicitly or as conclusions rather than a focus of the work. For example, there are people who might want to know the relationship between addiction and demons, for example, and as that subject is not dealt with in the scripture directly, I will leave it for other writers to make inferences upon. Rather than dealing with my own personal interest in demons, we will focus on those areas where the Bible has something to say, but we will also discuss areas where demonic activity is implied and not only stated, as that allows us to deal with some of the subjects of contemporary interest like the effects of rape and sexual abuse and the problem of mental illness in the story of Tamar the daughter of David. Through this sort of discussion we can deal with some of the practical aspects of demonology that are of peripheral interest in the Bible’s own discussions but which are fundamental to our own interests and concerns.
In short, if one wants to describe my approach in this work, it will be that what the Bible addresses, I will address. And while there will be plenty of interpretation that I will add to these passages and my own clear and obvious perspective on them, this will be an exegetical look viewing the Bible as true and authoritative and seeking to draw insight and wisdom from what the Bible says and not the attempt on my part to force my own perspective and interests into the study. I feel it necessary to mention that this is not the first nor the last word on any of these subjects. There are so many layers of the Bible’s truth and insight that no one could hope to draw all of the possible insight and gain all of the possible wisdom that exists about any subject, and this is no exception to that rule. And there is a lot about the spirit world that the Bible simply does not tell us, because we are human beings and of only limited power and understanding as it is. The extent to which I am successful in looking at the Bible and taking its perspective seriously and not adding too much of my own speculation or thinking is something that you, dear reader, will have to evaluate for yourself. As I read in a book one time, the errors are mine, but I’m working on them.