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orion RE: good angels
II Maccabees, in the only two passages at which it mentions angels as
such (aggeloi), specifies "good angels". Namely, at II Macc 11:6 the
Jews pray that God will send an agathos aggelos to save Israel, and at
15:22-23 reference is first made to the angel God sent to save Hezekiah,
then a prayer is offered that God will now too send an aggelos agathos.
Question: It seems to me superfluous to have to point out to God, that
we want Him to send a good angel; why isn't "angel" enough? Does this
bother anyone else? Know of parallels or explanation?