Ascending Jacob's Ladder: Jewish Views of Angels, Demons, and Evil Spirits

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Jason Aronson, 1998 - Religion - 157 pages
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From classic art to modern-day television programs, angels are represented in many ways and in many forms. Although angels have permeated Jewish tradition since biblical times, they remain a mystery to most people, often thought of as distinctly un-Jewish icons. In Ascending Jacob's Ladder: Jewish Views of Angels, Demons, and Evil Spirits, Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs introduces readers to the fascinating Jewish world of angels, from earliest times to the modern period.
 

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Contents

ANGELS IN THE BIBLE
1
Cherubim
2
Hagars Angels
5
The Binding of Isaac
6
Angels and Jacobs Ladder
7
Wrestling With an Angel
9
The Burning Bush Angel
12
Balaams Angel
14
SATAN FALLEN ANGELS AND THE ANGEL OF DEATH
77
Satan in Rabbinic Thought
78
PostBiblical Satan References
80
Satan in the Liturgy
81
Fallen Angels
83
The Angel of Death
85
The Angel of Death and Jewish Customs
88
DEMONS SPIRITS AND EVIL FORCES
91

Joshuas Angel
17
Gideons Angel
19
Manoahs Angel
21
Isaiahs Angels
23
Ezekiels Angels
25
Zechariahs Angels
28
Daniels Angels
35
Michael and Gabriel
38
ANGELS AMONG THE JEWISH SECTS
45
ANGELS IN THE APOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHA
47
Enochs Angels
48
The Four Archangel
50
Metatron
54
THE RABBIS AND THE ANGELS
57
Rabbinic Origin of Angels
58
Rabbinic Classification of Angels
59
Guardian Angels
62
Angels and Their Work in Biblical and PostBiblical Periods
63
The Prophet ElijahAn Angel of God?
67
ANGELS IN JEWISH LITURGY
71
Demons in the Bible
92
Demons in Jewish Mysticism
97
Specific Demons
98
How to Avoid Demons
103
The Dybbuk
107
Rituals for Jewish Exorcism
110
The Evil Eye
113
How to Avoid the Evil Eye
115
Preventative Measures
116
Counteractive Measures
117
NOTABLE ANGEL QUOTATIONS AND STORIES
119
Talmudic Quotes
120
Midrashic Quotes
125
NOTABLE QUOTATIONS RELATING TO THE ANGEL OF DEATH AND SATAN
131
Satan
133
WHOS WHO OF ANGELS AND DEMONS
139
FURTHER READING
143
INDEX
145
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About the author (1998)

Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs is the spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He received his doctorate in instructional technology from Columbia University's Teacher's College. He is the author of numerous books, including Loving Companions: Our Jewish Wedding Album, co-authored with Leora Isaacs; The Jewish Information Sourcebook: A Dictionary and Almanac; Close Encounters: Jewish Views about God; Jewish Music: It's History, People and Song, Every Person's Guide to Jewish Prayer, Miracles: A Jewish Perspective, and Divination, Magic, and Healing: The Book of Jewish Folklore. Rabbi Isaacs currently serves on the editorial board of Shofar Magazine and is a member of the Publications Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Leora, and their children, Keren and Zachary.

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