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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199582955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199582952
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.3 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Those interested in angels and seeking an informative and readable introduction will find this book quite valuable. (Expository Times)

This is an interesting little book. (Expository Times)

Small but perfectly formed volume...everyone should have this book. (Peter Brookesmith, Fortean Times)

If anybody should know about angels, it's this guy... a very intelligent but very accessibly history. (Kate Saunders, BBC Radio 2)

A colourful and comprehensive overview of our fascination with angels. (Peter Stamford, The Independent)

As a guide to the celestial realms, I would put my faith in him any day. (Peter Stamford, The Independent)

This is a good book. (Stephen Cave, Financial Times)

The first stop for anyone seriously interested in angels. (Christopher Howse, The Telegraph)

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Professor David Jones is the Academic Director in the School of Theology, Philosophy, and History at St Mary's University College, Twickenham. He has written three previous books, including 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pillowtail on 3 Sep 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let's face it, we know very little about angels and much of what passes for angelology is built on speculation based on speculation founded on speculation and grounded in speculation. What little we do know is covered in this book and you should forget any other book on the subject if you want a general historical overview on the subject. Although written by a Christian the contents cover the monotheistic faiths and the role of angel-like beings in other faiths as well, and that was all very useful for me as to how to order, place and catalogue the various beings. In fact you will learn that each angel is its own species. Cheap and cheerful, concise and yet it covers the subject like a perfectly well fitting glove.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin B on 3 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. It is small but has quite a lot of information in it. It is not sentimental, just factual. The references to angels abound in all sorts of places. It answers questions like: When did halos first get portrayed with angels?, When did angels stop being just male?, What are the implications of this?, What do the cherubim and seraphim look like?. It has been a pleasure to read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Bailey on 27 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb book that covers a lot of ground in a short space. I read this on a return train journey from Exeter to Birmingham. If you want a quick overview that takes in some theology (mainly from the Judeo-Christian perspective) and some cultural references to representations of angels then this is well worth the spend. There are a few oversights of detail, for example, the author states that angels do not hold harps in the book of Revelation p.23. If you look at Revelation 5:8 you can see that the living creatures and the elders are holding harps. These are invariably refered to as angelic beings by theologians.
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