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By Matthew Bunson

ISBN-10: 0517885379

ISBN-13: 9780517885376

Amid the veritable choirs of well known angel books, this is often the single one who bargains authentic info on each part of angel lore. right here finally is a close reference for someone who desires to eventually get the immediately dope on all features of angel arcana. forty images.

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ARCHONS Eminently powerful spiritual beings, said to be equated with the aeons and also with the archangels. The archons were created in the teachings of the Gnostics (the early heretical movement in Christianity) and were said to have been born by the will of the Gnostic deity Demiurge. In the dualistic thinking of the Gnostics—in which the material world is considered evil—the archons were equated with beings of evil, in large part because they had the duty of governing the running of the world, a place of inherent wickedness.

It was only in the time of the rationalists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that angels were declared absurd or unlikely. Such a blithe dismissal would not last. Today, polls regularly find that a vast majority of the public firmly accepts belief in angels. Such polling confirms that contemporary angel interest is far more than a fleeting moment of spiritual excess in the otherwise irascible and ephemeral realm of pop culture. Whether one embraces the so-called cult of angels or dismisses it as a mere flight of fancy, one indisputable benefit has been derived from their visits—real or imagined—to the earth.

This reference work is intended to permit the reader to find in one easy-to-use, handy reference volume a compendium of angel lore, traditions, imaginings, and speculation, from millennia distant to our own age. Such information is spread out in a host of volumes and studies, many now largely unobtainable or exceedingly difficult to find. This book additionally aspires to provide what its subtitle declares: a Who’s Who of the heavenly host. In these pages the reader will find virtually every angel who has graced the earth with its wisdom or who has been said to have wandered the corridors of the heavenly mansions surrounding the throne of the Lord.

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