Mastema (Original) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:54336
Contest:Angels and Demons
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Original
Date Added:October 5, 2013
Base Figure:Carrionite Lilith
Height:5.00 inches
Completion Time:2.00 hours
Mastema is an angel who persecutes evil in Hebrew folklore. He carries out punishments for God. He tempts humans and tests their faith. He asked God to permit him to have demons as his subordinates. In the Zadokite Fragments and the Dead Sea Scrolls, he is the angel of disaster, the father of all evil, and a flatterer of God. His name is that of an arch-demon who first appears in the literature of Israel's Second Temple Period, as a personification of the Hebrew word "mastemah" (משטמה), meaning "hatred", "hostility", "enmity" or "persecution".
According to the book of Jubilees, Mastema "Hostility" is the chief of the demons engendered by the fallen Watchers/Angels with women, perhaps one of those same demons.
His actions and name indicate he is the Satan, the 'Adversary', but much more the Satan who appears in the book of Job with a function to fulfill under God than the Satan of later tradition who is the uttermost enemy of God. Beliar, mentioned twice in Jubilees, is likely to be identical with Mastema in this work.
When God is ready to destroy all these demons after the flood and Noah prays that his descendants be released from their attacks, Mastema intervenes, beseeching God to allow him to retain and control one tenth of these demons in order to exercise his authority because they are "intended to corrupt and lead astray before my judgement because the evil of the sons of men is great". So Mastema is the tester of humans with God's permission.
Later, Mastema counsels God to test Abraham (Jubilees 17:15-16) just as Satan in the book of Job wants permission to test Job. As Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son Isaac, Mastema stands in God's presence. On his deathbed Isaac promises that the spirits of Mastema will have no power to turn Jacob or his descendants away from Yahweh.
On the other hand, the deaths of the firstborn of the Egyptians are attributed to "all the powers of Mastema".

Recipe: Head and arms from Pyroville Priestess, Weeping Angel wings, Carrionite Lilith body.

User Comments
Voting ends for the Angels and Demons Custom Contest (customizer revealed). - Monday, November 25, 2013
NeCrollector -
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Twisted and very cool!
Patraw -
Friday, November 22, 2013
This is a pretty creepy looking angel. The face and wings have an almost hewn-from-stone gargoyle-esque look that I like. I wish that the first and third photos were less fuzzy, but the second one came out pretty good, and you were wise to use a light background for a predominately black figure, so kudos for that. The arms, particularly the forearms, seem a bit too elongated to me, although one could argue that does give the anatomy more of a monstrous aspect.
CaptainJackHarkness7 -
Monday, November 25, 2013
The arm length is deliberate, all the better to ensnare your soul with!

I'm stuck with the background, its how the whole apartment is painted!
I'm also disadvantaged that I have to shoot and send everything on an IPad!

Thanks for taking the time for your comments on this and the AntiChrist figure, I appreciate the input.
JohnnySpeed -
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
@Captain Jack- You could always construct your own backgrounds.
And, I have an older phone that takes just as good an image as your second pic; your IPad should be better. Maybe, try some sort of tripod/stand, if your hands aren't that steady?
Voting begins for the Angels and Demons Custom Contest (pictures revealed). - Saturday, November 16, 2013
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