Tuesday, June 09, 2020

a reading list, for the moment presented without much explanation (11-14-2020, but it's a list of books on exorcism, diabology, The Watchers tradition, and spiritual warfare manuals in Christian writings and academic commentary thereon spanning 1895 to 2020)

But you'll see there's, ahem, a very persistent theme after the break. (updated as of 11-15-2020)
Jesus the Exorcist: A Contribution to the Study of the Historical Jesus
Graham Twelftree
ISBN 13:978-1-61097-060-0

In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians
Graham H Twelftree
ISBN 978-1-4421-0599-5

The Origin of Evil Spirits: The Reception of Genesis 6:1-4 in Early Jewish Literature
Archie T. Wright
ISBN 978-1-4514-9032-9
ebook 978-1-4514-9654-3

Jesus, The Galliean Exorcist: His Exorcisms in Social and Political Context
Amanda Witmer
ISBN 978-0-567-57552-4

The Myth of Rebellious Angels: Studies in Second Temple Judaism and New Testament Texts
Loren T Stuckenbruck
ISBN 978-0-8028-7315-6

God, Heaven and Har Magedon: A Covenantal Tale of Cosmos and Telos
Meredith G Kline
ISBN 1-59752-478-6 

The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions
Angela Kim Harkins, Kelleey Coblentz Bautch, and John C Endres, S. J., Editors
ISBN 978-0-8006-9978-9
ebook ISBN 978-1-4514-6513-6

The Unseen Realm: Recovering the supernatural worldview of the Bible
Michael S Heiser
ISBN 978-1-57-799556-2

Reversing Hermon: Enoch, The Watchers & the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ
Michael S Heiser
ISBN 978-0-9981426-3-0

Demons: What the Bible Really Says about the Powers of Darkness
Michael S Heiser
ISBN 9781683592891

Demons and Spirits in Biblical Theology: Reading the Biblical Text in Its Cultural and Literary Context
John H Walton and J Harvey Walton
ISBN 978-1-623564-825-9
ebook 978-1-7252-4951-6

De-Demonizing the Old Testament: An Investigation of Azazel, Lilith, Deber, Qeteb and Resehf in the Hebrew Bible
Judit M Blair (2008) doctoral dissertation, University of Edinbeurgh
Published by Mohr Siebeck under ISBN 978-3-16-150131-9

Powers of Darkness: Principalities and Powers in Paul's Letters
Clinton E Arnold
ISBN 0-8308-1336-5

3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare (Three Crucial Questions)
Clinton Arnold
ISBN-10: 0801057841
ISBN-13: 978-0801057847

Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance
Dr. Karl I Payne
ISBN 978-1-936488-33-9

The Christian in Complete Armour
William Gurnall

The Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition and the Shaping of New Testament Thought
Benjamin E Reynolds and Loren T Stuckenbruck, editors
ISBN 978-1-5064-2342-5

Deliverance and Spiritual Warfare Manual
John Eckhardt
ISBN 978-1-62136-625-6

A Profound Ignorance: Modern Pneumatology and it's Anti-modern Redemption
Ephraim Radner (2020)
ISBN 981481310826

Deliverance and Inner Healing
John Loren Sandford and Mark Sandford
ISBN 978-1-4412-0152-2

Powers, Principalities, and the Spirit: Biblical Realism in Africa and the West
Esther Acolatse (2018)
ISBN-10: 0802864058
ISBN-13: 978-0802864055

For Freedom or Bondage? A Critique of African Pastoral Practices
Esther Acolatse (2014)
ISBN 978-0-8028-6989-0

The Demise of the Devil: Magic and the Demonic in Luke's Writings
Susan R Garrett
ISBN-10: 0800624092
ISBN-13: 978-0800624095

The Temptations of Jesus in Mark's Gospel 
Susan R Garrett
ISBN-10: 0802842593
ISBN-13: 978-0802842596

Exorcism and Deliverance Ministry in the Twentieth Century: An Analysis of the Practice and Theology of Exorcism in Modern Western Christianity
James M. Collins 
ISBN-10: 1608991679
ISBN-13: 978-1608991679

What Demons Can Do to Christians
Merrill Unger
ISBN 978-0-8024-9418-4 (1977 early printing)

Biblical Demonology: A Study of Spiritual Forces at Work Today
Merrill Unger
ISBN 0-8254-3901-9 (previously published 1963, adaptation of doctoral dissertation from 1945)

Defeating Dark Angels: Breaking Demonic Oppression in the Believer’s Life
Charles H Kraft
ISBN 978-1-4412-3040-9 (1992,2011, 2016)

The Battle is God’s: Reflecting on spiritual warfare for African believers
Keith Ferdinando (2012)
ISBN 98-978-905-2299-5

The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Water Spirits: Overcoming Demons that Twist, Suffocate, and Attack God’s Purposes For Your Life
Jennifer LeClaire (foreward by John Eckhardt)
ISBN 978-0-7684-4295-3

Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament
Walter Wink  1984
ISBN 0-8006-1786-X  

Unmasking the Powers: The Invisible Forces That Determine Human Existence
Walter Wink 1988
ISBN 9781506453835

Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Dominationi
Walter Wink 1992
ISBN 0-0006-2646-X 

Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christian: The Reception of the Enochic Literature
Annette Yoshiko Reed (2005)
ISBN-13 978-0-511-35181-5 mobipocket
ISBN-10 0-511-35181-X mobipocket
ISBN-13 978-0-521-85378-1 hardback
ISBN-10 0-521-85378-8

Against Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Beings in Relation to Communal Identity and the Moral Discourse of Ephesians
Daniel K Darko (2020)
ISBNs 978-1-79368-767-1 Print   978-1-78368-8357 ePub 978-1-78368-836-4 Mobi 978-1-78368-837-1 PDF

Practices of Power: Revisiting the Principalities and Powers in the Pauline Letters
Robert Ewusie Moses (2014)
ISBN 978-1-4514-7664-4 
ISBN 978-1-4514-7993-5
Having the Spirit of Christ: Spirit Possession and Exorcism in Early Christ Groups
Giovanni B Bazzana (2020)
ISBN 978-0-300-24562-2

S. Jonathon O'Donnell  2020
ISBN: 9780823289677

If you have known the blog for a while you already know what directions this kind of reading list could signal about future posting.  Now if you have read any of these books and have thoughts feel free to comment, though as usual comments always kick into moderation and may or may not get published.  

As long as nobody makes any defense of that charlatan hack Rebecca Brown M. D. a variety of perspectives on scholarly and popular literature on these topics are welcome. :)   This is an in progress reading project so some of these books will turn out to be fantastic (Radner, for instance), intriguing (Acolatse), or dumpster fires (not naming names just yet).

UPDATE 11-14-2020
As of this date text displayed in blue indicates books read. [3-20-21, blue henceforth indicates "finished" regardless of date]

There are, however, more books added to this list that I can add later.  When I was considering seminary twenty some years ago this was the field of research I was interested in exploring. It's a good thing that didn't happen because of several reasons: 1) I don't feel the least bit "called" to any formal sacerdotal ministry 2) there wasn't any money for me to go to seminary 3) a lot of the research in that period was only just starting into the idea of Jesus as exorcist between Twelftree and some Jesus Seminar contributors.  I don't feel like adding just how many other titles I've added to the list but I can tell you the book list is closer to 36 than 24 books now and I've added Merrill Unger and even if I am not likely to read the John Livingstone Nevius book from 1895 it's free at archive.org so I "do" have it. Nevertheless Nevius' Demon possession and allied themes; being an inductive study of phenomena of our own times should be considered the great-grandpa of this whole genre of literature that now spans about 120 years. 

Of course there is another book that's been on the list 
Win Your War: Fight in the Realm You Don't See for Freedom in the One You Do 
Mark and Grace Driscoll 
Charisma House (2019) 
ISBNs 9781629996257and  9781629996264

I wouldn't just review that book, however, because back when I was considering seminary in the 1990s this is not-coincidentally precisely the field of research this ex-Pentecostal man wanted to investigate.  
One of the things I've found perplexing about the topic is the extent to which spiritual warfare books at the popular level presuppose "nobody talks about this because it's so controversial". That's a lie.  John Livingstone Nevius proposed that Christians could be demonized as far back as 1895 and his view has not only largely not been rejected it has been an evangelical staple regarding spiritual warfare since as far back as Merrill Unger in the 1960s through 1970s, or John Sandford's work from the 1970s into the 1990s. The sales pitch of any given spiritual warfare self-help manual generally depends on the assumption that "you" wouldn't be aware that, as Merrill Unger put it snidely in his 1977 book What Demons can Do to Christians, that by that late 1970s date the book market was already glutted with material on Christians and demonization and Unger was, if anyone was in a position to know, one of the first to lay a foundation for modern deliverance and exorcism in low-church Protestant contexts when he did his doctoral dissertation in 1945 that eventually became Biblical Demonology.

UPDATED 1-16-2021
Possession and Other Spirit Phenomena in Biblical Literature
A dissertation presented by Reed Carlson

Satan Cast Out: A Study in Biblical Demonology
Frederick S Leahy
The Banner of Truth Trust
ISBN 0-85151-234-8 (1975)

Dark Mirrors: Azazel and Satanael in Early Jewish Demonology
Andrei A. Orlov
ISBN-10 : 1438439520
ISBN-13 : 978-1438439525

Demons of Change: Antagonism and Apotheosis in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism 
Andrei A. Orlov
ISBN-13 : 978-1438480893

Divine Scapegoats: Demonic Mimesis in Early Jewish Mysticism
Andrei A. Orlov
ISBN-10 : 1438455828
ISBN-13 : 978-1438455822

Thomas Brooks
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices
free PDF of a Puritan on spiritual warfare accessible here
there are a lot of abridged versions.  If the version you find is less than 1,500 pages it's abridged

John Livingston Nevius, Demon Possession and Allied Themes

The Handbook of Spiritual Warfare (Revised and Updated)
Ed Murphy
Thomas Nelson Publishing
ISBN 0-7852-5026-3

Demonic Foes: My twenty-five years as a psychiatrist investigating possessions, diabolic attacks and the paranormal
Richard Gallagher, MD
ISBN 978-0-06-287647-8

Demonology Past and Present: Identifying and Overcoming Demonic Strongholds
Kurt E. Koch
ISBN 0-8254-3049-6

Spiritual Power and Missions: Raising the Issues 
Evangelical Missiological Society Series Number 3
Edward Rommen, Editor
ISBN 978-0-87808-666-5
Thanks to Brad Futurist Guy for this recommendation!

So by now the reading list has expanded out into fifty books, although one of the books I find is not likely worth finishing for the scope and interests of the list (Kline).

With reference to Win Your War and Driscoll's claim that spiritual warfare is "extremely controversial" circa 2008, it hasn't been controversial in scholarly scenes since, oh, the start of the Enoch Seminar decades ago. Even within what evangelicals would regard as liberal scholarship the Jesus Seminar scholarly roster had some agreement that Jesus was a traveling healer/exorcist, and Graham Twelftree's book (noted above) has come to be regarded as one of the significant contributions to the Third Quest for the Historical Jesus.  

At the popular level, in evangelical contexts John Livingstone Nevius' work has been one of the touchstones since 1895 with his posthumously published book on demon possession.  

Now, for a somewhat personal note, when I was considering seminary back in the 1990s this was the field of topic I was interested in digging into because, ex-Pentecostal that I have been for some time, I wanted to get a clearer idea of how much of this spiritual warfare stuff was defensibly in the Bible; how much of it was reliant upon non-canonical texts or later interpretive traditions of biblical texts (insert all five of Jeffrey Burton Russell's books on the history of diabology here!); and how much of it amounted to folk superstitions of some kind circulating within the Pentecostal milieu I grew up in.  

[added as of 2-2021]
Principalities and Powers: A Study in Pauline Theology
G. B. Caird
ISBN 1-59244-421-0
(I read about this one in Robert Ewusie Moses' Practices of Power and my gut told me that this little Caird book was a non-negotiable addition to my reading list and 1) it totally is and 2) it's super short and clearly written so lay readers can find it helpful)

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