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on 8 June 1998
From Michael to Lucifer, the Seraphim to the Nephilim, this text alphabetically catalogs the spiritual entities we call angels. Davidson does a tremendous job of summarizing the varied interpretations of angelic lore from Biblical, non-canonical, and fictional sources. Each entry is objective and to the point. There are more names listed here than in any other books that I have read of its kind. I recommend this book to all students of angelology.
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on 18 April 1999
From A'albiel to Zuriel, A Dictionary of Angels (including the fallen angels) is a thoroughly comprehensive and well researched text with derivations stemming from sources as diverse as Milton's Paradise Lost to Mather's Greater Key of Solomon. Detailed appendices cover such topics as 'The Angelic Script', 'The Orders of the Celestial Hierarchy', 'The names of Metatron' and 'The Watchers' to name but a few and the thorough bibliography is almost as valuable as the book itself. To the uninitiated, A Dictionary of Angels may at first seem overwhelming, such is it's scale, but Davidson has certainly attained his desire to 'hack... through the the maze of changes in nomenclature and orthography that angels passed through in the course of their being transferred from one language into another...' and on the whole shared appellations are highlighted accurately enough, the exceptions I have found not worthy of mention here. Especially useful are the references to source literature held by each entry. Not all of this is heavy theological stuff, however, and there is enough tongue and cheek humour dotted throughout that one may read this wonderful book cover to cover. Purchase without delay!
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on 17 November 1998
This book is beautifully illustrated, but the images are nothing compared to the content. I have found this book to be a great help in research and with satisfying my curiosity. This is the one book you absolutely MUST have if you are interested in angels -- the REAL ones.
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on 16 January 2012
It was certainly an unexpected pleasure to find that most, if not all, of what I was researching was covered in this comprehensive Dictionary of Angels. Very easy to cross reference or track to other entries which are listed, of course, alphabetically[with authorities and sources]An excellent appendix is provided that covers much referenced source material and that really did point me in the right direction. A lot of work has gone into bringing this material together and the author deserves maximum credit for his scholarship and deceptively full and comprehensive bibliography. First stop if you are interested in Angels...good or bad
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on 8 January 2013
Anyone interested in angels will be impressed by this book, I got it for my grandaughter to help with a story she is writing. Excellent read.
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on 10 August 2013
IT IS A POSITIVE MINE OF INFORMATION. THAT WAS MY SECOND COPY. THE FIRST DISINTEGRATED. I WAS SO GLAD TO FIND THAT IT WAS STILL IN PRINT.
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on 17 December 1996
There's a lot of angel books out there, all claiming to give knowledge of "all the angels"
that exist (or don't exist, depending on whom you ask). But upon taking a closer look,
they're all either viewed from an obviously biased religious view, or a New-Agey view,
hinting at aliens and other nonsense. The Dictionary of Angels takes the scientific
approach, objectively examining all the sources and contributing little in the way of
personal commentary. Whether or not they exist, this reference work has yet to be
topped as the guide to angels, fallen or otherwise.
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on 20 November 2003
I have never seen so many of the angels named in one book before. I totally enjoyed it. This book is one i will certainly keep near. This is a must for anyone remotely intrested in angels of any description.
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on 5 August 2013
This book will help me a great deal in my studies and is a very interesting read. I never knew there were so many angels.
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on 8 November 2010
There are a zillion books out there on angels nowadays and most are superficial (at best) or downright lousy (at worst). But this classic book is THE standard by which all others are measured. It describes EVERY angel and it explains every angel. This book is at once scholarly and yet easy to read, even witty and full of irony. The author is quick to point out that, though everybody talks (and writes) about angels and everybody think they know about angels -- the truth of the matter is that there is very little information anywhere about any angel whatsoever. Gustav Davidson has pulled together every shred of information. He does not shy away from pointing out contradictions or gaps in information. But if it is not in Davidson's book, then it does not exist. As to whether angels exist ... well, read this voluminous book and decide for yourself!
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