image Ancient Syria


Satan - 2000 BCE to present

(Origin Aramaic and Syriac) Hebrew = satan Meaning oppose, plot against. The ultimate origin of Satab is disputed as either a corruption of Dagan, a significant god of Syrian mythology, or Set(h), the Egyptian adversary of Osiris.

Later applied as the proper name of the supreme evil spirit, the Devil. Given the previous analysis of the word set and its translation into other languages, it is almost certain the word originates as a translation of the word Set as well as the concept of a supreme evil spirit.