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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).

David Suter
Saint Martin's College

> From:          Schwarz Daniel <DSchwarz@h2.hum.huji.ac.il>
> To:            "'orion@mscc.huji.ac.il'" <orion@mscc.huji.ac.il>
> Subject:       orion RE: good angels
> Date:          Wed, 11 Nov 1998 09:35:26 -0000
> Reply-to:      orion@mscc.huji.ac.il

> 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