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Beelzebub

(bēĕl`zəbəb), in the Bible: see SatanSatan
[Heb.,=adversary], traditional opponent of God and humanity in Judaism and Christianity. In Scripture and literature the role of the opponent is given many names, such as Apolyon, Beelzebub, Semihazah, Azazel, Belial, and Sammael.
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Beelzebub

 

the name assigned in the New Testament to the chief of the demons. The equivalent of Beelzebub in the Old Testament is Baalzebub (Baalzebul), a god in the Philistine city of Ekron. In Jewish mythological and religious thought Baalzebub apparently was gradually transformed from the god of a people hostile to the Jews into one of the most important figures in Jewish demonology. Later, as Christianity evolved from Judaism, he became a major figure in early Christian demonology.

Beelzebub

prince of demons. [N.T.: Matthew 12:24]
See: Devil

Beelzebub

Old Testament a god of the Philistines (2 Kings 1:2)
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Redaction-critically, it seems that Matthew has transposed the Q language of Lk 6:43-45 into an elaboration of Mark's story of the Beelzebul controversy, with John the Baptist's "you brood of vipers
Here we face some Pharisees, who are contesting the character of Jesus' own actions: "It is only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons, that this fellow casts out the demons" (12:24).
It is interesting that scribes who have come down from Jerusalem acknowledge that there is a power operative through Jesus, but they allege that "he is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out demons" (3:20-27).
And he has come to lay waste the kingdom of Beelzebul, the prince of demons.
Jesus' defense against the theologians is to point out how stupid it would be of Beelzebul if their theory were correct.