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Satan and Hell: Begin Here

Reference Books

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GREAT books to begin with -- Specialized Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia of Religion -- REF 203 E562 2005
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology -- REF 200.3 O98B 2015
  • Encyclopedia of Christianity - REF 230.03 E56
  • The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought -- REF 230.03 98H 2000
  • Encyclopedia Judaica -- REF 296.03 E562 2007
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia -- REF 282.03 N532n2 2003
  • Encyclopedia of Hinduism - REF 294.5 E56 2008
  • Encyclopedia of Taoism - REF 299.514 E56p 2008
  • American Indian Religious Traditions - REF 299.7 C899a 2005
  • Mythology of All Races - 291 G779
  • Myths and Legends - 291 M999
  • Legends of the Jews - 296 G493l
  • Encyclopedia of Hell - REF 291.23 V278e 1998
  • The Quest for the Historical Satan - 235.47 D341q 2011
  • Lucifer: The Devil in the Middle Ages - 235.47 R964L
  • Satanism Today: An Encyclopedia of Religion, Folklore,  and Popular Culture - REF 133.4 L674 2001
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt -- REF 932 O98 2001
  • Civilizations of the Ancient Near East -- REF 939.4 C582 1995
  • Handbook of North American Indians -- REF 970.1 H236
  • Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan -- REF 952 K76


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Below are synonyms for SATAN

  • Devil 
  • Lucifer
  • Beelzebub
  • Diablo
  • Prince of Darkness
  • King of Hell
  • Mephistopheles
  • Evil One




Below are synonyms for HELL

  • Hades
  • Sheol
  • Gehenna
  • Underworld
  • Netherworld
  • Bottomless Pit
  • Everlasting Fire
  • Place of Torment
  • Fire and Brimstone
  • Lake of Fire
  • Second Death
  • Afterlife
  • Yellow Springs