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Rees, Valery, 1947-
From Gabriel to Lucifer : a cultural history of angels / Valery Rees
London : I.B. Tauris, 2013
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  BL477 .R44 2013    DUE 08-18-14
Subject(s) Angels
Angels -- History
Physical Description xv, 272 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [251]-253) and index
Contents Angels : universal and archetypal -- Filling the space between earth and heaven : Angels in the Judean desert ; Gnostic angels ; Neoplatonic daemons ; The celestial hierarchy ; Ficino's angels ; Angels and humans -- Angels and demons : Angelology ; Angels of the Reformation ; Nineteenth-century angels ; Demons ; Angels at the edge -- Wings or no wings? : angels as messengers -- The great protectors : The cherubim ; Cherubim in the Bible ; Cherubim after the Bible -- Constant praise -- The chariot and the throne -- Angels and archangels : Michael ; Gabriel ; Raphael ; The fourth archangel -- Angel guides in the world to come -- Angel guides in this world : Healing powers of guardian angels ; Other interventions -- Fallen angels -- Angels of retribution and redemption : Redemption
Summary For sceptics, angels may be no more than metaphors: poetic devices to convey, at least for those with a religious sensibility, an active divine interest in creation. But for others, angels are absolutely real creatures: manifestations of cosmic power with the capacity either to enlighten or annihilate those whose awestruck paths they cross
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