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Angels: A History (Hardback)
  • Angels: A History (Hardback)

Angels: A History (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 25/03/2010
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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 Hebrew Scriptures, 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. In this 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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199582952
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 259 g
Dimensions: 178 x 127 x 16 mm

Those interested in angels and seeking an informative and readable introduction will find this book quite valuable. * Expository Times *
This is an interesting little book. * Expository Times *
Small but perfectly formed volume...everyone should have this book. * Peter Brookesmith, Fortean Times *
If anybody should know about angels, it's this guy... a very intelligent but very accessibly history. * Kate Saunders, BBC Radio 2 *
A colourful and comprehensive overview of our fascination with angels. * Peter Stamford, The Independent *
As a guide to the celestial realms, I would put my faith in him any day. * Peter Stamford, The Independent *
This is a good book. * Stephen Cave, Financial Times *
The first stop for anyone seriously interested in angels. * Christopher Howse, The Telegraph *

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“Angels: Back to Basics”

‘Angels: A History’ is an excellent, if rather brief, introduction to the subject of these celestial beings and their origins in Jewish, Christian and Islamic scripture. Although the text is quite dry at times and can... More

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