Monday, 13 January 2014

Angels and angelic beings

Humans have constantly held a charm for angels and angelic beings. For eras artists have attempted to capture the image of angels on canvas. However, it may astonish you to know that the Bible portrays angels nothing at all like they are usually portrayed. 

An angel is a paranormal being or spirit, typically in humanoid form, found in different religions and mythologies.

The theological study of angels is known as "angelology". In Zoroastrianism and Abrahamic religions they are often shown as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits or a guiding impact.

The term "angel" has also been expanded to various ideas of spirits found in many other religious traditions. Other roles of angels comprise defending and directing human beings, and executing God's tasks.

In art, angels are often portrayed with bird-like wings on their back, a halo, robes and various forms of glowing light.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Angel's Mind

The Bible uses the terms מלאך אלהים (mal’āk̠ Elohim ’ĕlōhîm; messenger of God), מלאך יהוה (mal’āk̠ YHWH; messenger of the Lord), בני אלהים (bənē Elohim ’ĕlōhîm; sons of God) and הקודשים (haqqôd̠əšîm; the holy ones) to refer to beings traditionally interpreted as angels. Later texts use other terms, such as העליונים (hā‘elyônîm; the upper ones).

The term מלאך (Malak mal’āk̠) is also used in the Tanakh; a similar term, ملائكة (malā’ikah), is used in the Qur'an. The Greek and Hebrew words, depending on the context may refer either to a human messenger or a supernatural messenger. The human messenger could possibly be a prophet or priest, such as Malachi, "my messenger", and the Greek superscription that the Book of Malachi was written "by the hand of his messenger" γγήλου anglou. Examples of a supernatural messenger are the "Malak YHWH," who is either a messenger from God, an aspect of God (such as the Logos), or God himself as the messenger (the "theophanic angel.")

Scholar Michael D. Coogan notes that it is only in the late books that the terms "come to mean the benevolent semidivine beings familiar from later mythology and art." Daniel is the first biblical figure to refer to individual angels by name, mentioning Gabriel (God's primary messenger) in Daniel 9:21 and Michael (the holy fighter) in Daniel 10:13. These angels are part of Daniel's apocalyptic visions and are an important part of all apocalyptic literature. Coogan explains the development of this concept of angels: 

"In the postexilic period, with the development of explicit monotheism, these divine beings—the 'sons of God' who were members of the Divine Council— were in effect demoted to what are now known as 'angels', understood as beings created by God, but immortal and thus superior to humans." This conception of angels is best understood in contrast to demons and is often thought to be "influenced by the ancient Persian religious tradition of Zoroastrianism, which viewed the world as a battleground between forces of good and forces of evil, between light and darkness." One of these is hāšāān, a figure depicted in (among other places) the Book of Job.

Philo of Alexandria identifies the angel with the Logos as far as the angel is the immaterial voice of God. The angel is something different than God Himself, but is conceived as God's instrument.

In post-Biblical Judaism, certain angels took on particular significance and developed unique personalities and roles. Though these archangels were believed to rank among the heavenly host, no systematic hierarchy ever developed. Metatron is considered one of the highest of the angels in Merkabah and Kabbalist mysticism and often serves as a scribe; he is briefly mentioned in the Talmud and figures prominently in Merkabah mystical texts. Michael, who serves as a warrior and advocate for Israel (Daniel 10:13), is looked upon particularly fondly. Gabriel is mentioned in the Book of Daniel (Daniel 8:15–17), the Book of Tobit, and briefly in the Talmud, as well as in many Merkabah mystical texts. There is no evidence in Judaism for the worship of angels, but there is evidence for the invocation and sometimes even conjuration of angels.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Angel

Angels, in a variety of religions, are regarded as spirits. They are often depicted as messengers of God in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles and the Quran. The English word angel is derived from the Greek ἄγγελος (angelos), a translation of מלאך (mal'akh) in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh); a similar term, ملائكة (Malāīkah), is used in the Qur'an. The Hebrew and Greek words originally meant messenger, and depending on the context may refer either to a human messenger (possibly a prophet or priest, such as Malachi, "my messenger", but also for more mundane characters, as in the Greek superscription that the Book of Malachi was written "by the hand of his messenger" (ἀγγήλου)) or to a supernatural messenger, such as the "Mal'akh YHWH," who (depending on interpretation) is either a messenger from God, an aspect of God (such as the Logos), or God Himself as the messenger (the "theophanic angel.")

The term "angel" has also been expanded to various notions of spirits found in many other religious traditions. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks.

The theological study of angels is known as angelology. In art, angels are often depicted with wings; perhaps reflecting the descriptions in Revelation 4:6–8 of the Four Living Creatures (Greek: τὰ τέσσαρα ζῷα) and the descriptions in the Hebrew Bible of cherubim and seraphim (the chayot in Ezekiel's Merkabah vision and the Seraphim of Isaiah). However, while cherubim and seraphim have wings in the Bible, no angel is mentioned as having wings.

Wednesday, 14 December 2005

Not Much Today

Damien is having a blast on the farm. I am only phoning him once a day as much as I'd like to call him more than that! A girl friend and I went out to supper last night and then went back to her place to watch "Survivor" and "Law And Order SVU". Then we discussed our favourite heavenly bodies and I went home. We were sorely tempted to go out somewhere and misbehave since both our boys are away, but we resisted the call of the wild in favour of being able to concentrate at work. And now I will be working late tonight to get a "switchover" finished so it can be checked tomorrow. And this morning I made myself a BEAUTIFUL wallpaper for my laptop with pictures of Eros Ramazzotti, Brad Pitt, Michael Biehn, Michael Buble, Vin Diesel and some nameless Italian dish someone emailed me pictures of. Juvenile I know- but that's the kind of mood I am in this week! It's not exactly conducive to me keeping my mind on my work, but I like it anyway! I want to make one this weekend with pictures of Damien. I have so much to do today- Christmas shopping, library, post office, house church- and now I'll be at work late too! And I want to go for another tattoo this weekend- but do you think I can find a nice picture of a strawberry anywhere!? It boggles the mind! Anyhoo- back to work now.