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The Resource Angels : a history, David Albert Jones

Angels : a history, David Albert Jones

Label
Angels : a history
Title
Angels
Title remainder
a history
Statement of responsibility
David Albert Jones
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the Publisher: The Book of Genesis depicts them as doing strange things-mating with the daughters of men to spawn giants, for example, and wrestling with Jacob for no apparent reason. In It's a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra spun a tale of one as a bumbling helper of humans; in Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders told of one who wished to be human. They are angels, of course, and they have fascinated us since recorded history began. In Angels, David Albert Jones provides a crisp, broad-ranging survey of angels in theology, philosophy, and popular culture. Focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, he examines how angels have been imagined and explained, and why they continue to captivate us. Jones explores the classical discussion-what they are made of, when they came to be, how many there are, and whether anyone ever did ask how many could dance on the head of a pin. He names the archangels, surveys the different hierarchies, and examines how they have changed over time. Jones explains, for example, how cherubim became cherubs, and why angels in the Hebrew Bible are typically male, but in later art became androgynous, or even female by the twentieth century. The book explores the idea that Satan was a fallen angel (a belief not shared by Islam), and looks at demons and exorcism. But Jones concentrates on good angels, in their roles as messengers, guardians, or helpers. He looks at why the idea of angels remains so attractive, and so potent in modern culture-even among nonbelievers. From scripture to cinema, Jones offers a sweeping, accessible introduction to this remarkable phenomenon. Whether we believe in angels or not, he argues, the study of their role in cultures past and present can teach us much about humanity
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jones, David Albert
Dewey number
202.15
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BL477
LC item number
.J66 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Angels
  • Angels in popular culture
  • Angels in literature
  • Angels in motion pictures
  • Angels in art
Label
Angels : a history, David Albert Jones
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-152) and indexes
Contents
  • 7: Fallen angels
  • 8: Wrestling with angels
  • Further reading
  • References
  • Index of locorum
  • Subject index
  • Picture acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • 1: Brief history of angels
  • 2: Picturing angels
  • 3: What is an angel?
  • 4: Divine messengers
  • 5: Ministering spirits
  • 6: Heavenly hosts
Control code
ocn456181341
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xiv, 161 p.
Isbn
9780199582952
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009941588
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)456181341
Label
Angels : a history, David Albert Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-152) and indexes
Contents
  • 7: Fallen angels
  • 8: Wrestling with angels
  • Further reading
  • References
  • Index of locorum
  • Subject index
  • Picture acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • 1: Brief history of angels
  • 2: Picturing angels
  • 3: What is an angel?
  • 4: Divine messengers
  • 5: Ministering spirits
  • 6: Heavenly hosts
Control code
ocn456181341
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xiv, 161 p.
Isbn
9780199582952
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009941588
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)456181341

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