Both have been done better and in greater detail by others.
If you must buy this book, I suggest you use it to key into other authors and thinkers rather than as a conclusive resource on it's own.
It's a very interesting research from a historian and despite its age, it remains classical and must read!!!
Preachy, lazy, and even the "antiquity" viewpoints are formulated far too strongly from a Christian worldview. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M L Kennedy
An excellent work from Burton Russell!! The book focus on the main theme of devil from the old testament until the primitive christianity. Read morePublished 19 months ago by ikarionas
WOW! What a book, and what a history lesson. The first half of the book covers so much mythology, ancient Eastern views of evil, and enough odd names and stories to make your head... Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by J. Mccormack
Russell has been writing brilliant and very readable books on the problem of evil for quite some time. Read morePublished on October 10, 2009 by Anne Rice
How evil was personified in the lands of India, the Middle East, and the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome is the subject of this book. Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by Randy Stafford
Though I find myself having many negative things to say about this book in this review, a few pervasive aspects of Russell's assiduous research and writing inevitably atones for... Read morePublished on November 1, 2008 by The Old Wise Man
Drawing on many different sources, the author suggests how the concept of the Devil as used in the New Testament took shape. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by Paul Vitols
University History Professor Jeffrey Burton Russell has spent more time researching and writing on the concept of evil and the possible existence of the Devil than anyone else I... Read morePublished on June 6, 2006 by Brian E. Erland
This is an old book(1977). It is also a disappointing book. It is disappointing because it does not really analyze the concept of the Devil as an Anti-God. Read morePublished on December 1, 1999 by Arly Allen