Abaddon, the "place of destruction" is synonymous with Sheol in Proverbs and Job. In later writings, Abaddon is personified as the king of the abyss who can command an army of locusts to torment men.
This section explores the various names for the Christian devil and others in the hierarchy of hell. The extensive classification of Christian demonology we now have started with Jewish folklore about the fall of the angels along with demons like Satan, Belial, Asmodai, and Samael. In Judeo-Christian traditions between the second century BCE to the second century CE, the apocalyptic traditions we know from the Book of Enoch, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Baruch, and Ezra began and developed. There was also a huge amount of literature circulating which we now call the New Testament Apocrypha as well as Gnostic writings such as those found in the Nag Hammadi Library. Many of these demons come from those non-canonical scriptures.
Learn about Asmodeus, a demon of wrath, lust, and deception, who appears in various religious and literary sources, such as Zoroastrianism, the book of Tobit, Paradise Lost, and The Magus. Discover his origins, features, functions, and influence on art and culture.