Divine messengers

David Albert Jones

in Angels

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199547302
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777301 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Divine messengers

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience


Show Summary Details


Angel (malach) is a Hebrew word meaning messenger. It means the same in Arabic and Greek. The tradition of angels begins with an encounter of an angel as a messenger. Augustine sees the word angel as a role rather than a nature. An angel could be a human being. There is some confusion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as to where the voices of angels come from and ambivalence about what angels actually are. If there is so much debate about the existence of angels why is it that so many people claim to have had an encounter with an angel?

Keywords: Christianity; Islam; Judaism; Maimonides; Muhammad

Chapter.  4692 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.