The Angelic Way: Angels through the Ages and Their Meaning for Us

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Examining angels as metaphors--not only as God reaching out to humankind but also as humankind reaching out to God--this comprehensive study illuminates the philosophical, psychological, and spiritual implications of angels, both heavenly and fallen.
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Overview


Examining angels as metaphors--not only as God reaching out to humankind but also as humankind reaching out to God--this comprehensive study illuminates the philosophical, psychological, and spiritual implications of angels, both heavenly and fallen.
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"A fine contribution to the study of angels, including the gift of presenting the role of angels through the prism of deep ecumenism . . .Well worth reading—and practicing!"  —Matthew Fox, author, Original Blessing

"Shapiro discusses the history of angels, giving particular attention to archangels, fallen angels, and the Angel of Death . . . the connections Shapiro makes across ideas and traditions are intriguing . . . A well-informed but accessible treatment of angels as divine aspects of the self, which will appeal to general readers."   —Library Journal

"Shapiro's The Angelic Way delves into the many ways that angels have captivated human thought and helped us find ways to express our understanding of the divine."  —The Los Angeles Times

"At last! A discussion of angels that is lucid, comprehensive, and truly in the service of inner transformation."  Cynthia Bourgeault, author, The Wisdom Jesus

"Rami Shapiro has not only given us historical information but also many spiritual insights about what angels have been to the human psyche in story, myth, and scripture. This is a fine book to enjoy and to learn from."  —Gunilla Norris, author, Simple Ways

"An amazing book! Like few others it opens the doors of our imagination to the rich story world of angels . . . A book full of surprising insights, delight, and wisdom."  —Ursula King, author, The Search for Spirituality

"The Angelic Way offers us a fresh and dynamic way to enter the mythic world of spirituality that recognizes angels as aspects of our own consciousness."  —Dennis Genpo Merzel, author, Big Mind Big Heart

Los Angeles Times
Shapiro's The Angelic Way delves into the many ways that angels have captivated human thought and helped us find ways to express our understanding of the divine.
Library Journal
In his latest, Shapiro (religious studies, Middle Tennessee State Univ.; The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness) discusses the history of angels, giving particular attention to archangels, fallen angels, and the Angel of Death. While this is not a work of profound scholarship akin to Peter Gardella's American Angels or Gustav Davidson's Dictionary of Angels, the connections Shapiro makes across ideas and traditions are intriguing, especially his comparison of the ascended ones of various religions to angels. Angels, he writes, are not figments of our imagination but the imagination itself—not external to us but internal. Angels have wings because angels are us, and we can fly. VERDICT A well-informed but accessible treatment of angels as divine aspects of the self, which will appeal to general readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933346199
  • Publisher: BlueBridge
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rami Shapiro has been a congregational rabbi for 20 years, is currently an adjunct professor of religious studies at Middle Tennessee State University, and directs One River, a not-for-profit educational foundation. He is the author of Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness, and The Way of Solomon. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: On Angels' Wings 1

1 Angels through Ages 17

2 Angelic Imagination 39

3 Humans and Angels 51

4 The Archangles 75

5 Satan, the Fallen Angel 111

6 The Angel of Death 143

7 The Ascended Ones 157

8 Lectio Divina and the Angelic Way 199

Notes 219

Bibliography 224

Index 229

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    fascinating

    Rabbi Rami Shapiro looks deeply at angels in religion and mythology. The major religions share in common several similar traits though has some differences. One thing the Rabbi emphasizes that is common amidst the world religions is the role of angels is to help guide people closer to God and with one another as everyone is linked with everyone else. He also provides an intriguing chapter on Satan The Fallen Angel who "existed" a full millennia before Jesus anchored as a key part of the Zoroastrian religion with his being God's opposite ( assort of Yin and Yang - pardon the mixing of beliefs). As fascinating is the chapter on humans going the opposite way by ascending to heaven rather than angels descending to earth; people like Enoch, Elijah, Isaiah, Rabbi Ishmael, Mary and Muhammad are some of those included. In the Old Testament, angels play major roles as God's agents including Satan whereas Christianity takes the position that Satan is evil trickster able to fool people to act in his image. With other chapters including angelic sightings by key figures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, this is a rounded fascinating look at what angels have meant over centuries though the prime emphasis is on the Hebrew; as the author is a rabbi.

    Harriet Klausner

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