The History of Angels

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to god in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2, 13 and 14)

Byzantine, Gothic and Early Renaissance paintings are rich in philosophical and Christian symbolism regarding angels.

The word 'angel' comes from the Greek angelos, which stems from the Hebrew word mal'akh, which translates to 'messenger'.

Famous Angels in Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrian and Islam

Uriel is one of four Archangels, the others are Gabriel, Raphael and Michael.

Azrael the Islamic Archangel of Death who is “forever writing in a large book and forever erasing what he writes: what he writes is the birth of man, what he erases is the name of the man at death.” In Islam, Azrael  is one of the four Archangels of Islam. The others are Djibril, Mikhail, and Israfil.)

Sariel Judeo Christian angel of death. "And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended." (Rev. 20:1-3).

Mithraism Zoroastrianism angel who acted as a go-between between heaven and earth.

Michael is one of four Archangels, the others are Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. - "And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down -- that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him." (Rev 12:7-9)

Mot Babylonian angel of chaos and the master of all desolate places.

Gabriel is one of four Archangels, the others are Uriel, Raphael and Michael. "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. "(Luke 1:19)

Sammael  Judeo-Christian angel of death.  "And the Angel of Death went out and attacked the Assyrian camp;
One hundred eighty-five thousand. And when they arose in the morning, they were all dead bodies."  (Isaiah 37:36)

Raphael is one of four Archangels, the others are Gabriel, Uriel and Michael.

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Origins of Angels

 Angels date back into ancient Mesopotamia. They are found on relief carvings and resemble moth like creatures. The angle as we know it did not surface until the Carolingian period. According to Anna Jameson, author of Sacred and Legendary Art, "In ancient pictures and illuminations which exhibit the glorification of the Trinity, Christ, or the Virgin, the hierarchies of angels are represented in circles around them, orb within orb. This is called a glory of angels. In Pictures it is seldom complete: instead of nine circles, the painters content themselves with one or two circles only. The innermost circles, the Seraphim and the Cherubim, are in general represented as heads merely, with two or four or six wings, and of a bright red or blue color; sometimes with variegated wings, green, yellow, violet, etc. this emblem intended to shadow forth to human comprehension a pure spirit glowing with love and intelligence, in which all that is bodily is put away, and only the head, the seat of soul, and wings, the attribute of spirit and swiftness, retained is of Greek origin. "


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