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No Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims About Jesus

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ISBN13: 9780300140958

ISBN10: 0300140959


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  • Gold medal winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Award in the category of Religion.

    In this provocative, intelligent, and highly original addition to the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, Susan R. Garrett argues that angel talk has never been merely about angels. Rather, from ancient times until the present, talk about angels has served as a vehicle for reflection on other fundamental life questions, including the nature of Gods presence and intervention in the world, the existence and meaning of evil, and the fate of humans after death. In No Ordinary Angel, Garrett examines how biblical and other ancient authors addressed such questions through their portrayals of angels. She compares the ancient angel talk to popular depictions of angels today and considers how the ancient and modern portraits of angels relate to Christian claims about Jesus.

    No Ordinary Angel offers important insights into the development of angelology, the origins of Christology, and popular Western spirituality ranging from fundamentalist to New Age. In doing so, it provokes stimulating theological reflection on key existential questions.

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    Susan R. Garrett combines impeccable biblical scholarship with creative, profound theological reflection. No Ordinary Angel is far more than a book about angels. In the course of investigating ancient and modern angelologies, Garrett delves into such central matters as the nature and work of Christ and the presence and action of God in the world. Her prose is fluid, her forays iii to popular culture ring true, and her theology is nothing less than brilliant. This is an important book for scholars and lay persons alike. Exquisite theology born of rigorous bible study , it doesnt get any better than this!.

    - Serene Jones, president, Union Theological Seminary

    Susan Garrett has written no ordinary book about angels. A supposedly esoteric or otherworldly topic turns out to be a life and death matter when Garrett illumines it with the light of her learning."

    - Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary

    "This marvelously readable and informative book is an authoritative contribution to the scholarly literature on angelology. Those who minister to folks who have been-or desperately want to be `touched by an angel will benefit greatly from Garretts insights. I am immensely grateful to my own guardian angel for leading me to this book!"

    - Richard J. Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary

    "At once magisterial and accessible, Garretts book moves with grace between ancient and modern depictions of angels-never dismissive of popular beliefs, yet showing their indebtedness to modern ideologies."

    - Dale B. Martin, Yale University

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