These six “demons” in the 2005 American horror film “The exorcism of Emily Rose” are inventions of the scriptwriters. Only one of those names – Legion – is actually connected to the healing of a “demon possessed” man in the Bible.

Legion – was the name an insane man that Jesus healed had given himself (Mark 5:1-20). Legion means “many” and the man thought he was inhabited by many demons. This was the understanding of the people at the time of the New Testament and Jesus appears to have gone along with that. Although in the Old Testament it is clear that God is in control of illness and the idea of demons does not exist.

As for the other names:


was the son of Adam and Eve. He killed his brother Abel and was consequently punished. (Genesis 4:1-24).
was emperor of Rome from AD54 to AD68. He is famous for his tyranny, extravagance and immorality. He is mentioned in Acts 25:8-26; 26:32; 27:24; 28:19 and Philippians 4:22. His persecutions of the Christians are referred to in 1 Peter 1:6.
was one of the disciples of Jesus. He betrayed Jesus (Mark 14:43-46) and later killed himself (Matthew 27:3-5).
means “worthless”. The term is only used of worthless men in the Old Testament. However by the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls the word had also become attached to a personified Belial. This personification is probably the basis of Paul’s comment in 2 Corinthians 6:15.
is a Latin word meaning “morning star” or Venus. In the Latin New Testament 2 Peter 1:19 the “morning star” rising in your hearts (et lucifer oriatur in cordibus vestris) is probably a reference to Jesus. Consequently Lucifer was considered suitable as a Christian name for boys, and even bishops, in the early centuries of the church. It wasn’t till the 5th-6th Century that Lucifer became widely associated with Isaiah 14:12, where the king of Babylon is also described as the morning star. The KJV leaves the Latin here untranslated as Lucifer, which has misled many people into thinking the passage is referring to a supernatural force of evil.

For more answers about demons, see those with the “demons” tag.

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