Religious Studies

Representations of Angelic Beings in Early Jewish and in Christian Traditions

Edited by Amsalu Tefera and Loren T. Stuckenbruck

[Die Darstellung von Engelwesen in frühjüdischer und in christlicher Überlieferung.]

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This collection of essays illuminates the role of angelology in Judaism and Christianity in relation to hermeneutical issues, cosmology, liturgical practices, religio-magical texts, homiletic tradition, and the interpretation and development of ancient ideas.
Angelic beings have occupied an important place in many traditions within Judaism and Christianity from Second Temple times up until the present. In this volume, essays by scholars from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America draw attention to a wide variety of ways in which traditions about angels were addressed and developed over time, including examples from the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls and related literature, early Christian writings, »magical« texts, and the rich heritage of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. The contributions as a whole demonstrate the interwovenness of Jewish and Christian tradition and, in turn, reveal how much the consideration of angelology reflects broader hermeneutical, textual, and tradition-historical approaches to the study of religion.
Survey of contents
Loren T. Stuckenbruck/Amsalu Tefera: Introduction – Loreen Maseno: An Angel Indeed! Hagar and the Angel in Genesis 16 – Eshbal Ratzon: The Heavenly Abode of the Luminaries – Jacques T.A.G.M. van Ruiten: Angelic Authority: Continuities and Transformation in the Angelic World of the Book of Jubilees – Loren T. Stuckenbruck: In Praise of Angels: The Case of a Wandering Liturgical Fragment – Matthias Hoffmann: Systematic Chaos or Chain of Tradition? References to Angels and 'Magic' in Early Jewish and Early Christian Literature and Magical Writings – Amsalu Tefera: Angelology of the Ethiopic Homily on Uriel (Dǝrsanä Ura'el) – Tedros Abraha: The Place of the Angels in the Mäṣḥafä Qəddase (The Book of Hallowing) and in its AndəmtaRalph Lee: Little Known Giants Traditions in Ethiopian Literature

Amsalu Tefera Born 1975; BA Holy Trinity Theological College, Addis Ababa; MA and PhD Addis Ababa University; since 2011 Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University; 2015–18 Humboldt Scholar at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Loren T. Stuckenbruck Born 1960; BA Milligan College; MDiv and PhD Princeton Theological Seminary; since 2012 Chair of New Testament Studies (with Emphasis on Ancient Judaism) at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.


The following reviews are known:

In: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament — 47 (2023), pp. 155–156 (Andy Angel)
In: Reading Religion — (Michael DeVries)
In: Journal of Ecclesiastical History — 73 (2022), pp. 120–122 (Matthew V. Novenson)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 45 (2022), p. 276 (Christopher T. Begg)
In: Apocrypha — 33 (2022), pp. 305–308 (Gavin McDowell)