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A Dictionary of Angels, including the fallen Angels
A Dictionary of Angels including the fallen Angels Author:Gustav Davidson Some years ago when I started "collecting" angels as a literary diversion, it was certainly with no thought of serving as their archivist, biographer, and finally as their lexicographer. Such an idea did not occur to me - indeed, could not have occurred to me - until I had corralled a sufficient number of the heavenly denizens to make a dictiona... more »ry of them.
At first I thought that angels, named angels, were to be found only in the Bible. I soon learned that, on the contrary, the Bible was the last place to look for them. True, angels are mentioned frequently enough in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, but they are often not named, save in two or three instances. Virtually all the named angels in this compilation are culled from sources outside Scripture...
If there is any reward for this labor..., it is in the knowledge that every effort has been made to keep the sins of commission and omission down to a minimum. There are still many problems left unresolved here. ...Future investigators, better equipped, may be able to provide the solutions along with the names of additional angels that no doubt will turn up in new finds. ...The task is certainly not an easy one, but it may prove easier than the one confronting this voyager when he started out on his quest, primed with only the scantiest notion of what lay ahead.
...We may not know whether we are in the presence of "a spirit of health or goblin damned", whether we are fanned by "airs from Heaven or blasts from Hell", but it is best to be on guard. Even Satan, as Paul cautioned, can show himself transformed into an angel of light.« less