The name of Mephistopheles is a composite of the Greek word, Megistos, which means, Greatest, and the name of the Olympic spirit of Mercury called, Ophiel, who is mentioned in many Grimoire. Ophiel is otherwise named Ariel in William Shakespeare’s, play, The Tempest. The name of Ophiel is also a composite name, which comprises of the Greek for Serpent (Oph) and the Hebrew El, meaning lord, or deity.
The translation of which would then be: ‘Greatest Serpent Deity.’ You then have, Megistos-Ophiel, thence leading you to Mephist and Opheles, who as Mephistpheles is essentially an alternate version of the ancient Greek God, called Hermes, the Roman’s called Mercury, whose symbol was the serpentine Caduceaus, looking like a (trident) trisula.
This is more so the case concerning the Hermetic deity, called, Hermes Trismegistos, Thrice ‘Greatest’ Hermes, the early Christian’s had demonised, whose name probably developed into the composite of Mephistopheles. This…
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