According to the apocryphal book of Tobit, Asmodeus, smitten with love for Sarah, the daughter of Raguel, killed her seven successive husbands on their wedding nights. You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. Kings, queens, and even divine beings have been affected by his touch! Reading the Bible is rewarding, and these plans make it easy! Later, Asmodeus was given a more light-hearted and playful personality. Other Haggadic legends depict Asmodeus as a more beneficent figure. The following is a closed discussion of the proposal. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... Judaism, monotheistic religion developed among the ancient Hebrews. He specializes in spreading lust, and he doesn’t just prey on common people. All of Asmodeus’s heads are crowded above one chest, which resembles a man. Later, Jewish and Christian theologians included Asmodeus in their categorization of demons. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. Please do not modify it. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Asmodeus may be the “prince of lust,” but his looks aren’t exactly tantalizing! By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. At the waist, his body undergoes another bizarre transformation, giving him the brightly-feathered legs of a rooster and the scaly tail of a serpent. Asmodeus, Hebrew Ashmedai, in Jewish legend, the king of demons. Most scholars agree that Asmodeus is derived from Aeshma-daeva, a wrathful demon who appeared in Persian Zoroastrianism around the 9th century BCE. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Later, the Jewish and Christian faiths built off of Aeshma-daeva’s infamy, creating a new demon called Asmodeus. See Book of Tobit thx1138 18:14, 15 July 2011 (UTC) Requested move. He is said to lord over numerous gambling houses. Corrections? or. To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings. Asmodeus is one of the “seven princes of hell,” a demon whose wickedness is matched only by his talent. Don't have an account? The Bible states that a demon of lust “hath power” over all spouses who come together for various lustful reasons in their marital acts. Creating an account allows you to access more features and content such as: Reading Plans. Bibles; Deals; More; Log In × Log In. He made his last stand during the 17th century, when Spanish and French playwrights reduced him to a sort of “genie in a bottle” role, a fun companion for a midnight romp. What are the benefits of creating an account? Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial. He is a monstrous creature with three heads: one like a sheep, one like a bull, and one like a man. In some cases, he fans the flames of lust. He hurled Solomon 400 miles into the desert, then disguised himself as the king and took over his palace—as well as his wives. Asmodeus is a powerful demon. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus. Take notes, highlights, and favorites to share or document personal thoughts. Eventually, Solomon returned and drove the demon out. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below. Asmodeus is the king of demons mostly known from the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit (that is to say portions of the Bible not included in the Hebrew version), in which he is the primary antagonist.. Try it free for 30 days. Following instructions given to him by the angel Raphael, Tobias overcame A ASMODEUS, ASMODAEUS ăz’ mō de’ əs (̓Ασμοδέυς). Asmodeus was prominent in later Jewish legend, esp. For example, he plagued a beautiful virgin named Sarah, killing seven consecutive grooms who wanted to marry Sarah and enjoy her body. 'ASMODEUS' in the Bible... No direct matches for your keyword exist in the King James Bible. Although lust is Asmodeus’s bread and butter, he dabbles in other sins as well. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the Believer's Bible Commentary and the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (NIV and NRSV) - is just a step away! Has Asmodeus/Asmodai ever been mentioned in any translation/version of the Christian Bible? Encyclopedia of The Bible – Asmodeus, Asmodaeus. Asmodeus, in Jewish legend, the king of demons. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk … Asmodeus may be the “prince of lust,” but his looks aren’t exactly tantalizing! Following instructions given to him by the angel Raphael, Tobias overcame Asmodeus and married Sarah. Kings, queens, and even divine beings have been affected by his touch! Log In Don't have an account? An evil spirit who plays an important role in the book of Tobit (3:17). Characteristics Physical Description . The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. He is considered one of the “seven princes of hell,” a position that requires a great deal of cunning and cruelty to obtain. What are the benefits of creating an account? Some believe that the concept of Asmodeus is derived from Zoroastrianism, with which the Jews became familiar during the Exile. According to the account he fell in love with Sarah, the only daughter of Raguel of Ecbatana, and slew her seven successive husbands on their wedding night. Omissions? Updates? Remember Me Forgot Password? Enter your credit card information to ensure uninterrupted service following your free trial. Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. He specializes in spreading lust, and he doesn’t just prey on common people. He will never miss the opportunity to fuel a grudge or help concoct violent plans for vengeance. Create Account Log In. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). He showed up in important books, including Dictionnaire Infernal, where he was given his high ranking among the demons of hell. All your content will be saved and you can seamlessly switch devices. True, he was promiscuous and fond of a game of dice, but he didn’t have the evil intentions that one would expect from one of hell’s seven princes. He appears in Milton’s Paradise Lost, 4, 168-171. His power over her was broken by Tobias, who, with the help of the angel Raphael, brewed a potion which drove Asmodeus away. In the Talmud and the Testament of Solomon (3rd century BCE), Asmodeus appears as one of the demons who was forced to help build Solomon’s temple. The man’s face may sound like the most normal, but with pointed ears, a hooked noise, jagged teeth, and a fire-breathing mouth, this “human” characteristic is perhaps the most ghoulish of all! Judaism is the complex…. Yes, in the Catholic and Orthodox versions. Personalization. And he delights in revenge. Asmodeus/Asmodai in the Christian Bible. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Asmodeus. Announcing our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! You can cancel anytime during the trial period. Each of the “seven princes of hell” is responsible for spreading one of the “seven deadly sins.” Asmodeus specializes in lust. Today, only the most serious theologians could tell you who this obscure demon is. Click the 'Search' button below to search the entire website (including all scripture translations, comments, commentary, Bible dictionary, articles, and other pages): It looks like you’re already subscribed to Bible Gateway Plus! They describe him as a young man with an attractive face. Asmodeus is one of the “seven princes of hell,” a demon whose wickedness is matched only by his talent. Don't have an account? In the Book of Tobit (400 AD), Asmoedus appears again as an evil demon who kills several of Sarah’s husbands, only to be driven away by the Angel Raphael. The demon is also mentioned in some Talmudic legends, for instance, in the story of the construction of the Temple of Solomon. According to the apocryphal book of Tobit, Asmodeus, smitten with love for Sarah, the daughter of Raguel, killed her seven successive husbands on their wedding nights. $3.99 a month puts a library of commentaries, study notes, and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. As if Asmodeus isn’t strange and disturbing enough, the demon rides an equally weird steed: a lion with the wings and neck of a dragon. The Talmud relates that Solomon captured the demon and pressed him into slave labour during the construction of the First Temple of Jerusalem. Some later myths have cut back on Asmodeus’s horror-box of physical traits.