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While much has been written about angels throughout history, no single source examines them as thoroughly or as thoughtfully as Angels A to Z. You'll discover how ancient, contemporary and pop cultures represent angels in their mythology, folklore, architecture, art, literature and religion. Angels A to Z's easy-to-use index and appendices help you find exactly what you're looking for. Just let your fascination take wing!
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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
Anything and everything related to angels can be found in this book. This work will be a great addition to any library's reference collection.
Fate Magazine
A thorough, encyclopedia-style volume on angelic beings and all things angel-related
Sun
Angels have been vital participants throughout history, appearing just when they're needed most. And a new book explores these indispensable beings in all their guises. Angels A to Z reveals the stunning impact of angels on mankind from ancient times to today's modern world.
Library Journal
Trying to catch the current wave of angel popularity, this source compiles angel facts and lore in short readable citations. Alphabetically arranged entries range from "Abaddon" (the angel of death) to "Zoroastrianism" (the ancient Persian religion that believed in the notion of angels as agents of God). Topics include how various religions view angels, artists' renderings, angel medicine, and angels in folklore and literature. Supplementing the entries is an appendix containing angel resources and an angel filmography (no ghosts or spirits) current up to 1994 although not complete (the film "Prophecy' starring Christopher Walken is not listed). For quick trivia, this book works, but for more specific and detailed synopses on angels, try John E. Ronner's Know Your Angels (Mamre Pr., 1993).-L. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L., Ia.
Sandy Whiteley
It was bound to happen. With angels as the subject of a growing number of books and angel gifts appearing in stores and catalogs, a reference book couldn't be far behind. This dictionary, by two firm believers in angels, has 300 entries discussing angels across religious traditions, including New Age thought. Lewis is the author of several other Gale titles, including "The Dream Encyclopedia" ["RBB" N 15 95] and "The Encyclopedia of Afterlife Beliefs and Phenomena" ["RBB" Ap 15 95] Angels in various religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism) are treated, along with well-known angels, such as Michael and Gabriel, and obscure ones like Abdiel and Hadraniel. There is coverage of guardian angels and fallen angels and biblical figures associated with angels. Angels in art, architecture, film, TV, and music, as well as literature about angels, from Dante to today's New Age writers, are also included. In addition to treating angels from the point of view of religion, they are also discussed in terms of the occult and metaphysics, with entries on UFOs, fairies, and witches. There are brief bibliographies at the end of entries, with sources ranging from "The Encyclopedia of Religion" to "A Treatise on Angel Magic". The beautiful religious art featuring angels doesn't reproduce too well in black and white. Appendixes include a classified bibliography, a filmography, and angel resources: organizations, publications, retail and mail-order companies, and Web pages. A detailed index includes illustrations as well as text For public libraries where there is an interest in angels, from either a traditional religious" or New Age point of view.
From the Publisher

"Anything and everything related to angels can be found in this book. This work will be a great addition to any library's reference collection."— American Reference Books

"Angels A to Z is a thorough, encyclopedia-style volume on angelic beings and all things angel-related. Discover how cultures throughout history have represented angels in their mythology, folklore, art, literature, and religious doctrine."— Fate magazine

"For those who feel they've had personal encounters with otherworldly creatures, the book will provide interesting background to a profound experience; those merely intrigued will find a cultural reference and historical perspectives on these 'messengers of God.'"— ForeWord

"[Angels A to Z] compiles angel facts and lore in short readable citations. For quick trivia, this book works . . .."— Library Journal

"Everything you ever wanted to know about angels."— Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Angels have been vital participants throughout history, appearing just when they're needed most. And a new book explores these indispensable beings in all their guises. Angels A to Z reveals the stunning impact of angels on mankind from ancient times to today's modern world."— SUN magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787604899
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 485
  • Product dimensions: 7.51 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author


James R. Lewis is a recognized authority on cults and religion and a professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of The Astrology Book, Doomsday Prophecies: A Complete Guide to the End of the World, The Dream Encyclopedia, Legitimating New Religions, Odd Gods: New Religions and the Cult Controversy, and The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements. Evelyn Dorothy Oliver holds a doctorate in divinity. They both live in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2000

    A wonderful guide to angels!

    Before this book, I had never read a single book on this topic, or any religious book for that matter. I found this book in the religion section of the book store and started reading it. I found such interesting information in it. I think it is a wonderful guide to how different people and groups interperet and view angels. I find it informative and interesting and suggest to all people.

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