Angels as Warriors in Late Second Temple Jewish Literature 978-3-16-151739-6 - Mohr Siebeck
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Aleksander R. Michalak

Angels as Warriors in Late Second Temple Jewish Literature

[Engel als Krieger in der jüdischen Literatur im Zeitalter des Zweiten Tempels]

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Aleksander Michalak focuses on the association of angelic beings with warfare in the Jewish literary sources. He has examined the various depictions of the warrior angels in the literature of the Second Temple period with reference to the roots of such representations, their popularity, and various theological implications.
In this study, Aleksander Michalak focuses mainly on the association of angelic beings with warfare in the Jewish literary sources. The author has examined the various depictions of the warrior angels in the literature of the Second Temple period with reference to the roots of such representations, their popularity, and various theological implications. He focuses specifically on Michael, Gabriel, and the numerous anonymous belligerent angelic figures that appear in the biblical and apocryphal texts. Imagery of angelic military activity has been researched within the context of the individual primary sources but taking into account the broader »angelological« background. The literary concepts explored by the author include expectations of angelic participation in an eschatological war along with their role in this conflict, associations of angelic warriors with certain Jewish heroes, angelic protection of the walls of Jerusalem, and angelic military power both as defenders and destroyers.
Authors/Editors

Aleksander R. Michalak Born 1974; 2001 graduated from University of Gdańsk; 2006 PhD in ancient history and 2011 PhD in Religions and Theology from Trinity College Dublin; 2009–10 working on his habilitation thesis at the University of Tübingen (Faculty of Catholic Theology); 2011 Andrew Mellon Fellow in the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: The Expository Times — 125 (2013), S. 199–200 (Kevin Sullivan)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 41 (2018), S. 271 (M.W.D.)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 57 (2013), S. 456–457
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 35.5. (2013), S. 115–116 (Andrew Angel)
In: Biblische Notizen — 161 (2014), S. 174–175 (Karin Schöpflin)
In: Henoch — 35 (2013), pp. 290–292 (Andrea Ravasco)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 138 (2013), S. 551–553 (Ann-Christin Heine)