God of the Week: Lucifer

10/17/2011: Lucifer

Lucifer is the personification of the morning star, Venus.

In the Hebrew book “Isaiah”, in chapter 14, the planet Venus (Lucifer) is used as an analogy for the Babylonian King:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, that didst lay low the nations!

And thou saidst in thy heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit upon the mount of congregation, in the uttermost parts of the north;

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.

Yet thou shalt be brought down to Sheol, to the uttermost parts of the pit.

-Isaiah 14:12-15

The early christian document 2 Peter 1:19 refers to the star as well.

This usage of the word “Lucifer” in Judeo-Christian writings lead to the belief that is was a reference to their character Satan, or the Adversary, a member of the divine council with Yahweh. The  fallen angel mythology appears to have been grafted on the Satan story, in the 1st century BCE.

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