B is for Beelzebub

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Less attractive than the Prince of Angels, (see A is for Arch Angel Michael) Beelzebub is called the Prince of Demons. According to legends drawn from interpretations of biblical scriptures, King Solomon used a magical ring to bind Beelzebub and force him to build a temple. Some believe it was local heathens who were forced to work for Solomon and “demonizing” them may have lead to this legend. Beelzebub is said to take on the appearance of a giant, grotesque fly. He is known as the Lord of the Flies. He is also depicted as having a human body, horns, a lion’s tail and duck feet.

 

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WriterlySam
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 23:59:02

    Oh, well, he’s not all that bad *backs away from screen*

    WriterlySam
    A to Z #TeamDamyanti

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  2. Alex Hurst
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 01:22:26

    That picture makes him look like a devil Godzilla. XD Great post! Keep ‘m coming!

    Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.

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  3. Sophie Duncan
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 01:31:01

    That’s certainly a mixture of animal parts for a body. He must be an impressive and terrifying sight.

    Sophie
    Sophie’s Thoughts & Fumbles – A to Z Ghosts
    Fantasy Boys XXX – A to Z Drabblerotic

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  4. suesconsideredtrifles
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 03:22:36

    Where can that story be found in the Bible? suestrifles.WordPress.com

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    • Blue Lotus Review
      Apr 03, 2014 @ 22:45:38

      Fair enough question. I went back an clarified a bit. I made too general a statement. It doesn’t “say” that. People have just interpreted it from what’s written. The bible is often misinterpreted. Thanks for commenting. I mean to take a legend and fictionalize it even more. I don’t mean to misquote the bible.

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      • suesconsideredtrifles
        Apr 04, 2014 @ 02:16:27

        I wondered whether it was in the Apocrypha, which i haven’t read yet. Sue

      • Blue Lotus Review
        Apr 04, 2014 @ 09:13:21

        You know, I haven’t read it either. I’ve been doing alot of research, and it all refers to biblical legend or scripture, but I’m not actually sure where the origin of that story came from. According to what I’ve read, no one seems to know. And most Christian religions don’t put any stock in it, which is one of the reasons I chose it. It’s considered fictional already. I really didn’t want to take on some meaningful artifact in this story and risk getting some huge aspect wrong. But I do need to watch how I represent the origins of the legend.

      • suesconsideredtrifles
        Apr 04, 2014 @ 09:35:48

        Beelzebub is mentioned in the New Testament, but not in connection with Solomon as far as I’m aware.
        Don’t worry! A to Z is supposed to be fun. Sue

      • Blue Lotus Review
        Apr 04, 2014 @ 16:21:27

        I would imagine that some of these “legends” that “come from the bible” are likely misinterpretations or assumptions. I did read in some biblical critique that it was likely local “heathens” that built the temple and its probable that people just referred to them as “demons” and if Beelzebub was the demon dejour (however you spell that) then it could have easily led to a belief that it was actually him. I guess that would be akin to gossip now. One person says something and then it’s told differently by the next person and the next person and so on. But, yeah. I’m trying to have some fun, but yet to link to bible themes. It’s a touchy topic because it’s the Bible. I’m hoping that doing some of this research for A to Z will help me filter through what’s what and what’s not.

      • suesconsideredtrifles
        Apr 05, 2014 @ 02:24:50

        Do you know, you are tempting me to follow your blog? Sue

      • Blue Lotus Review
        Apr 05, 2014 @ 08:22:14

        lol. If just to keep to me on the straight and narrow–I hope you do. 🙂

  5. Tasha Duncan-Drake (@beren_writes)
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 06:13:41

    He’s quite a mixture isn’t he. I didn’t realise he was sometimes a giant fly.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings

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  6. timsbrannan
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 07:28:38

    That is a pretty cool picture.


    Timothy S. Brannan
    The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches

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  7. djinnia
    Apr 03, 2014 @ 12:27:48

    okay, is it sad that i now have bohemian rhapsody by queen stuck in my head?

    what a interesting entry.

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