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Angels have fascinated people for millennia because they point to an invisible dimension that parallels our own. This book examines the different ways that angels have been portrayed at certain key points in biblical and theological history. By tracing patterns in the appearance of higher-order beings from their ancient Near Eastern origins, the Hebrew Scriptures, the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius, Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, and even modern, New Age writers, Angelology demonstrates that angels allow various authors to emphasize divine transcendence, immanence, and creativity. Identifying the theological purpose underlying the depiction of angels at certain key points in the history of their use raises new questions about how angels are to be understood by people today.Additionally, laying an angel-shaped template alongside images of birds and winged animals allows him to uphold the rich history of Christian symbolism with respect to birds. ... For instance, doves are repeatedly used to convey deeper, spiritual truths: the dove bearing an olive branch in the noah story is a ... suited to solitude; and those who have a spiritual longing are symbolized by high-flying birds.

Author: Dylan David Potter
Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers - 2016-04-08

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