By James R. Lewis, Evelyn Dorothy Oliver
Written via a well-known authority on nontraditional non secular movements, this resource is some of the most finished books on angels and comparable themes at present on hand. greater than three hundred entries are integrated and drawn from a number of religions, similar to Christianity, Islam, and Hindu traditions, in addition to from pop culture. A number of angel themes are mentioned, including celebrity angels, classifications of angels, vague angels nonetheless looking forward to their sizeable holiday, parent angels, fallen angels, Anaheim angels, biblical figures linked to angels, angels in artwork and architecture, and angels within the media and literature. Angels also are mentioned when it comes to the occult and metaphysics, with entries on UFOs, fairies, and witches.
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As Hinduism was transformed in the postVedic period, Yama became a rather grim demigod who snared the souls of the departed and conducted them to the otherworld. The angel of death concept was most fully developed in rabbinical Judaism. As did Yama, the Jewish angel of death (malakh ha-mavet) metamorphosed across time. At first these biblical emissaries of death were clearly under the direct command of God, as for example in Second Samuel: The Angel of Death comes for Pope Leo IX in this 15th century Greek manuscript.
This episode belongs to the Acts of the Holy Angels, a series of eleven biblical incidents that have constituted a traditional theme for Catholic artists. Beyond the Genesis narrative, of particular importance is the tale that involves the angel Lucifer, whose jealousy of Adam ultimately led to his fall from heaven and the beginning of his career as the master of evil. In the Cabala, Adam is Tipereth (Beauty), the sixth sephira. In the apocryphal work the Apocalypse of Moses, Adam is taken bodily into heaven in a fiery chariot driven by Michael, a tale clearly reminiscent of Elijah’s ascension.
Introduction to the Old Testament. New York: Macmillan, 1981. God shows Adam and Eve the paradise of Garden of Eden in this 1530 painting by Lucas the Elder. (The Art Archive/Gemädegalerie Dresden) A DRAMELECHK Adramelechk (King of Fire) is one of two throne angels generally linked with the angel Asmadai, one of the two potent thrones mentioned in Milton’s Paradise Lost. He is mentioned in demonography as the eighth of the ten archdemons and as a great minister and chancellor of the Order of the Fly, an infernal order founded by Beelzebub.
Angels A to Z by James R. Lewis, Evelyn Dorothy Oliver