The War Scroll (1QM), found among the Dead Sea Scrolls, provides a vivid, detailed description of the escalating battle between good and evil, which will eventually climax with good overcoming evil. Such language is rarely found in the Hebrew Bible - with the possible exception being Daniel 10:20-21's description of the struggle between Michael and Gabriel against the princes … [Read more...]
Belial, from the Hebrew meaning worthless, was a major player in the cosmic struggle between the Sons of Light and Sons of Darkness in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Championing the Sons of Darkness, Belial led an army of spirits of destruction against God. Sometimes he is depicted as God's direct adversary. Other times, he is a rebellious angel along with Mastema. A few sources mention he taught the Egyptians magic so they could oppose Moses and Aaron. Read articles about Belial below.
Belial in the Dead Sea Scrolls Belial (or Beliaal) is Hebrew for "without value." He is known as Beliar in Greek. Among certain sections of the Jews, this demon was considered the chief of all the devils. In The War of the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness (1QM), one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Belial is the leader of the Sons of Darkness:'But for corruption thou hast made … [Read more...]