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Matthew 4:1-11; The Temptation of Jesus (Factual info)

posted by Mike Nappa

In relating the events of Jesus’ temptation, Matthew presents Satan (“the devil”) without any introduction or explanation except to say he is a “tempter.” The assumption appears to be that Matthew’s Jewish readers a) already knew who Satan was, and b) accepted that Satan was a literal, living being.

Satan’s name in Hebrew (śᾱtᾱn) and Greek (satanas) mean the same thing: “adversary.” In the New Testament he’s commonly called “the devil” (diabolos) which means “one who slanders or accuses.”

Other descriptive names for Satan that are recorded in the New Testament include:

“accuser of our brothers” (Revelation 12:10)

“that ancient serpent” (Revelation 12:9)

“your enemy” (1 Peter 5:8)

“the evil one” (Matthew 13:19)

“father of lies” (John 8:44)

“the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

“a murderer” (John 8:44)

“prince of this world” (John 12:31)

Matthew 4:1-11; The Temptation of Jesus

Works Cited:

[EDB, 543; RBD, 896]

 

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