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Trying to find some books.

I have recently decided to follow up my curiosity about angels and demons specifically from the Old Testament biblical times.  Many books i have read and TV shows i have watched over the years seem to have references to some of these and i would really like to read a bit more about them.  Can anyone recommend any books?  Also what type of genre would it come under?  Mythology?  Religion?  Wikipedia is a great source of information but i prefer books with pages that a computer screen.


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Nov. 14th, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
i'm not sure if i'm understanding your question correctly, but i really liked anita diamant's book "the red tent" which is a fictional rendering of the lives of deborah/leah/rachel/etc
Nov. 14th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
It's all the fictional works that had led me to an interest in the non-fictional side of it. I'd just like to know a little more about the fictional characters that I know are based on non-fiction whether it be biblical and mythological.
Nov. 14th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
you could try reading the Bible itself...
or just looking up angels/demons in a mythology dictionary. no specific name comes to mind, visit the spirituality/religion section of the nearest bookstore and you'll probably find something that looks interesting.
Nov. 14th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
I find the language in the bible itself quite difficult and my children's bible that i have makes no mention of any. Maybe i should have said that i went to religion school up until i was 14 years old and at no point were we taught about angels or demons even though we learned about the bible (Old Testament only).

Thank you anyway i just continue looking in bookstores and one day something along the right lines might appear.
Nov. 14th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
You've said you want to know more about angels and demons in biblical times so I wouldn't rule out the bible. I'm interested in angel and demon mythology too and I strongly recommend reading the book of revelations (last book in the new testament I think). It's not long and is beautiful to read, all about heaven/hell, angels/the devil.
Nov. 14th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
I have a book on angels "Angels" by Billy Graham. It's religious, of course but it explains what the purpose of angels are, what they do, what their not supposed to do, misconceptions about angels, that kind of stuff.

I think you might be looking for an encyclopedia or dictionary with names, types, history, etc. This one looks pretty good but I'm sure there are others that might be good too: http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Angels-Rosemary-Guiley/dp/0816050244

And like white_riot5 I think you should read Revelations too. I've read that over and over again cause I liked the parts about the angels. There are tons of different Bible translations. The easiest ones are probably the Message or NLT so there's no reason why language/writing style has to stand in your way. www.biblegateway.com has all of them you can check them out to see.

I hope at least some of that is useful.
Nov. 14th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
The angel encyclopedia sounds like the kind of thing i'm looking for. Thank you project_memes.

I do have several reasons for why i am not reading the bible most of which i do not want to go into here. One reason though is that as i am wanting to find out something specific i wanted more of a reference style book rather than to read all of it without knowing which bits i could skip over, which i have a feeling is most of it.

Thank you all for your advise.
Nov. 14th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Your welcome! I saw those kind of books before when I read His Dark Materials and wanted to know more about angels but I had to search for one 'cause that was a long time ago. Supernatural is on a revelations/armeggedon plot twist/thingy right now and I'm kinda wondering where all these names of the angels, etc are coming from too.

Nov. 14th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)

(why do I always spell that wrong? erg...)
Nov. 14th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Oh not just me then who starts to wonder where the ideas came from, the worst thing is when you start discussing it with friends and they act all knowledgeable. Well no longer mwah ha ha!
Nov. 14th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Screwtape Letters might be of some interest. It's a series of letters between two demons.
Nov. 14th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Try "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It's bleedin' hilarious but it also has the edge that the movie "Dogma" has, namely "it's all about the big battle between good and evil".

I've got a thing for movies like Dogma, Constantine and so on, where there are Angels and Demons keeping the balance.
God the Devil and Bob was a good cartoon for that too. Also hilarious, since the Devil was English and God drank light beer and wore shorts.
Nov. 14th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm... it depends on how old you are I suppose. That suggests how mature you are.

Most conceptions of angels and heaven come from the influence of the ancient Zoroastrians. Thus John McCain's joke about "Zoroastrian New Year" got a good laugh at the Alfred E. Smith dinner which is mainly a religious charity dinner visited by religious intellectuals.

Since Zoroastrians come late to the story, you aren't going to see a lot of "angel talk" in the Bible itself. You will see it in Bible commentary which comes later. Thus when three men visit Abraham there is not much discussion in the Bible about these men being secret angels, but in Bible commentary much is made of them: "Do angels eat?" "If they don't eat, why did Sarah prepare a meal for them?" "Why did one angel leave the group and the other two went on to Sodom? Is an angel restricted to one task at a time? Thus visiting Abraham in his illness was one task, warning Lot of the destruction of Sodom was another, and leading Lot and his family out of the city was another?" You can see discussions of these questions in Bible commentary... not the Bible itself.

You can see some of this in the book Yemenite Midrash: Philosophical Commentarys on the Torah translated by Yitzhak Tzvi Langermann.

Nov. 15th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
Thank you ah1270, i was pretty sure i hadn't "clearly" read about the angels in the Torah translations, but i will check out the Yemenite Midrash if i can find a copy.
Nov. 15th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
A very interesting fiction book is Madelein L'engle's Many Waters. Its a actually a part of a quartet, but I read it as a stand alone book as a kid and had no problem with it. Very interesting story about two teens sent back in time to the age of Noah, right before the flood. They encounter the angels that were walking the earth at that time.
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