Satanological Terminology in the Synoptics: The Tempter

The term ‘the tempter’ (ho peirazwn), has no pre-Christian witness in the intertestamental or Qumran literature at all.

The term appears in History of the Rechabites 2:9;¹ 4:1-2,² but only in the Greek text belonging to the Christian era; it is absent from the Syriac. It is also absent from the Apostolic Fathers, appearing in Christian texts later in the second century.

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Author: Jon Burke

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Bible reference(s): Matthew 4:3, 1 Thessalonians 3:5

Source: “Satanological Terminology in the Synoptics: The Tempter,” Berea Portal.

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