OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Angels: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199547302

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¥1,628
著者: 
David Albert Jones
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160 ページ
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Paperback
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116 x 174 mm
刊行日
2011年10月
シリーズ
Very Short Introductions

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  • A unique history of angels including prominent stories and speculations about angels in several different religions, including Judaism, Islam, and Christianity
  • Explores how angels have been portrayed in art, literature, and cinema
  • Considers the implications of angels, why people find the idea of angels attractive, helpful, or consoling, and why they remain so powerful in modern culture

  
What are angels? Where were they first encountered? Can we distinguish angels from gods, fairies, ghosts, and aliens? And why do they remain so popular? 

This Very Short Introduction outlines some of the more prominent stories and speculations about angels in Judaism, Islam, Christianity and post-Christian spiritualities. It reflects on the way that angels have been portrayed in art, whether as young men in the Hebrew Scriptures, androgynous winged creatures of the pre-Raphaelites or the masculine statue of the Angel of the North. It will also consider angels in films such as Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, and Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, as well as angels in literature.

From the idea of the angel as a messenger, through to the image of angels sent to protect and help those in need, this is an examination of the implications of angels. It will ask why people find the idea of angels attractive, helpful or consoling, and why they remain so powerful in modern culture. 

It advances the view that reflecting on angels can teach us something about human existence and whether or not we believe that they exist in their own right, the angels can still illuminate our thoughts.

目次: 

1: Preface
2: A brief history of angels
3: Picturing angels
4: What is an angel?
5: Divine messengers
6: Ministering spirits
7: Heavenly hosts
8: Fallen angels
9: Wrestling with angels
1: Preface
2: A brief history of angels
3: Picturing angels
4: What is an angel?
5: Divine messangers
6: Ministering spirits
7: Heavenly hosts
8: Fallen angels
9: Wrestling with angels
Further reading

著者について: 

Professor David Jones is Director of The Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford, and was previously the Academic Director in the School of Theology, Philosophy, and History at St Mary's University College, Twickenham. He has written three previous books, Approaching the End: a theological exploration of death and dying (OUP, 2007), The Soul of the Embryo: an enquiry into the status of the human embryo in the Christian tradition (Continuum, 2004), and An Introduction to the Catholic Faith (Family Publications, 1999).

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