A Gathering of Angels: Angels in Jewish Life and Literature

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Jason Aronson, Mar 31, 2000 - Religion - 274 pages
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A Gathering of Angels: Angels in Jewish Life and Literature looks at Jewish history in a unique way–through the eyes of angels. A rabbi and a scholar, Morris B. Margolies pores through nearly three thousand years of literature and lore in an enlightening exploration of the angels, who shape and reflect Jewish beliefs, hopes, and fears.
This unique gathering encompasses angels from familiar biblical tales such as the angels on Jacob's ladder, Elijah the prophet-angel, and Satan, the most famous fallen angel–as well as angels from more esoteric texts and sources like the mystical classic Zohar, hasidic tales, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
An engaging compendium of angelic lore, A Gathering of Angels is also a memorable study of the evolving role of angels–from Biblical times to the present, from messenger of God to metaphor for good and evil.
 

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Contents

An Introduction to the Sources
3
Apocrypha and Pseudepicgrapha 200 BCE100 CE
4
The Dead Sea Scrolls c 200 B CE100 CE
5
The Zohar and Medieval Literature Thirteenth century CE
6
Elijah Ninth century BCE
7
The Angels Within Us
9
Angels in the Hebrew Bible
15
The Cherubim
18
Background and Sources
152
Demons and History
153
Enter Asmodeus King of the Demons
156
Solomon and Asmodeus
162
Lilith
165
Lilith the Queen of Sheba?
168
Lilith Today
172
The Dybbuk
173

Hagar and the Angels
20
The Angel of Mount Moriah
22
The Angels on Jacobs Ladder
25
Jacob Wrestles with the Angel
29
The Angel of the Burning Bush
32
The Angel and Balaams Ass
35
The Angels of Joshua Gideon and Manoahs Wife
39
The Angels of the Book of Daniel
52
Angels in the Dead Sea Scrolls Era
60
Pharisees Sadducees and Essenes
69
Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
76
Metatron
80
THE ANGELIC INNER CIRCLE
83
Tobit and Raphael
86
Gabriel
90
Uriel
91
Satan and His Angels
99
Satan and Job
101
Satan and the Fallen Angels
104
Satan and King Manasseh
110
Two Views
112
Fear of the Angel of Death
113
Satans Corrupted Nature
120
Is Satan Necessary?
123
A Registry of Immortals
124
The Rabbis and the Angels
128
Putting Angels in Their Place
130
Argumentative Angels
138
Walking with the Right Angels
144
The Age of Demons
149
Demons and the Kabbalah
175
Joseph della Reina and Samael
179
Angels and Hasidim
184
Angels Are Created by Humans
187
Of Humans and Angels
190
The Niggun in the Air
193
Prenatal Angels
194
To Break Off Every Yoke
195
Out of the Fire
197
Elijah the ProphetAngel
200
Elijah and Ahab
203
Elijah the Zealot
205
Elijah Transported
210
The Heavenly Elijah
211
Gods Helping Hand
214
Redressing Injustice
215
Elijah and the Messiah
217
Angels in Jewish Prayers
221
The Role of Angels in Jewish Prayer
223
Prayers as Angels
231
Angels in Modern Dress
233
Steinsaltzs Angels
234
The Elusive Angel
236
Angel of Light
240
The Thirtysix Righteous
243
The Demons of Isaac Bashevis Singer
249
The Last Words
258
Endnotes
264
Bibliography
268
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Morris B. Margolies is Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Shalom Congregation of Kansas City, Missouri, and a former professor of Jewish history at the University of Kansas. He was ordained by Yeshiva University, has a master's degree from the University of Chicago, and also holds a doctorate in Jewish History from Columbia University. Rabbi Margolies is the author of numerous books, including Torah Vision, Ten Turning Points in Jewish History, The Jew of the Century, Syllabus for the Teaching of Jewish History, and the reissued A Gathering of Angels. He has also contributed both scholarly and popular articles to many periodicals. His major scholarly work is Samuel David Luzzatto, which was published in 1979. He was the last of the pupils of the preeminent Jewish historian, Salo W. Baron, to defend his doctoral dissertation with Baron presiding. Rabbi Margolies and his wife, Ruth, reside in Leawood, Kansas. They are the parents of Daniel, Jonathan, and Malka, and have five grandchildren.

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