Angels : a history

by Jones, David Albert.

Format: Print Book 2010
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What are angels? Where were they first encountered? Can we distinguish angels from gods, faeries, ghosts, and aliens? And why do they remain so popular?In this introduction to the history of angels, David Albert Jones outlines some of the more prominent stories and speculations about angels in Judaism, Islam, Christianity and post-Christian spiritualities. He reflects on the way angels are portrayed in art, whether as young men in the HebrewScriptures, androgynous winged creatures of the pre-Raphaelites, or the masculine statue of the Angel of the North. He also considers angels in films such as Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, and Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, as well as angels in literature.From the idea of the angel as a messenger, through to the image of angels sent to protect and help those in need, this is an examination of the implications of angels. It asks why people find the idea of them so attractive, helpful or consoling, and why they remain so powerful in modern culture. Inthis thought-provoking introduction, Jones considers the view that reflecting on angels can teach us something about human existence. Whether or not we believe that they exist in their own right, angels can still illuminate our thoughts.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Noting that angels figure in today's so-called New Age religions as well as the three great monotheisms, Jones discusses angels in art, literature, and cinema but also answers the most basic questions (e.g., What is an angel?) while trying to understand what makes angels so appealing and symbolically powerful in modern culture. He reveals how the concept of the angel developed and explains angels' characteristic as messengers, guardians, and fallen angels. He discusses angels in biblical stories (e.g., Jacob's ladder) and in liturgy, ventures an intelligent guess as to the number of angels, and even confronts the age-old question of how many can dance on the head of a pin. He addresses the issue of fallen angels and the notion of Satanism and romantic rebellion. Finally, he examines the meaning of angels in religion and pop culture. A persistent theme is, as he puts it, angelology as disguised anthropology the interpretation of angels to procure useful insights into aspects of humanity. A lovely little book, Jones' work is both accessible and learned, broad enough to include reflections on Thomas Aquinas' treatise on angels and a discussion of demonic possession in Hollywood movies. Fascinating for believers and nonbelievers alike.--Sawyers, June Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Angels.
Angels in popular culture.
Angels in literature.
Angels in motion pictures.
Angels in art.
Publisher Oxford ; New York :Oxford University Press,2010
Language English
Description xiv, 161 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-152) and indexes.
ISBN 9780199582952 (hbk.)
0199582955 (hbk.)
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