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Re: orion RE: good angels
One obvious response is the story of the descent of the Watchers in 1
Enoch; however, I'm not sure that's the explanation since the
language doesn't precisely match up. Perhaps one should look to the
Hellenistic world for the explanation (more on that later).
Saint Martin's College
> From: Schwarz Daniel <DSchwarz@h2.hum.huji.ac.il>
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> Subject: orion RE: good angels
> Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 09:35:26 -0000
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> 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?
> Thank you,
> Danny Schwartz
> Hebrew University