Angels in the Bible
December 28, 2003 1:28 PM   Subscribe

Where can I get a list of angels mentioned in the Bible (or any other religious text, for that matter?). I'm mainly looking for the most important ones, so far I only have Michael and Gabriel. Are there any female angels? Or are angels sexless? Cheers.
posted by Orange Goblin to Religion & Philosophy (10 answers total)
Angelic Dictionary

I Googled for "name of angels" and lots of sites popped up.
posted by deborah at 1:50 PM on December 28, 2003

In answer to your other question, in Matthew 22:30 Jesus says "For in the resurrection they do not marry nor are they given in marriage, for they are like the angles in heaven." Which would seem to indicate that they are indeed sexless.

I'm not sure if hebrew (Old Testiment) or greek (New Testiment) has femenin or masculine pronouns, and if so which they use for angles.
posted by woil at 2:00 PM on December 28, 2003

As far as I can remember, Michael and Gabriel are the only angels mentioned by name in the Bible.

And none of these stupid baby angels, either. (a pet peeve of mine. Hate those things. That ain't what a cherub looks like!)
posted by konolia at 2:07 PM on December 28, 2003

These kinds of questions can be looked up in concordance of the Bible. A lot of Bibles have them at the back of the book. Or your local library will have an exhaustive concordance. Since I'm at my parents' place and they have a five pound one, I had a quick look - and it seems that there are only Micheal and Gabriel mentioned by name, besides Lucifer (AKA Satan) whom the Biblical legend describes as a fallen angel.
posted by orange swan at 2:42 PM on December 28, 2003

I doubt that this angel is sexless.
posted by davidmsc at 3:19 PM on December 28, 2003

Don't forget Lucifer
posted by Mick at 3:19 PM on December 28, 2003

A good portion of Jewish Merkabah mysticism had to do with angelology that goes well beyond the biblical ones. (If I recall correctly, only Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel are mentioned by name, but I could be wrong.) Check out the Book of Enoch for a good listing -- it's a pseudepigraphal work, so it' might be hard to find in print.
posted by ptermit at 3:48 PM on December 28, 2003

Thanks for all the good answers, I think I've got enough to go on now (though of course if anyone else wants to chip in, they're more than welcome!)
posted by Orange Goblin at 5:41 PM on December 28, 2003

Bible concordance of angel references.
posted by arco at 7:47 PM on December 28, 2003

For what it's worth, here's the LDS (Mormon) take on angels. Angels play a relatively prominent role in our theology, but it's of a different flavor than the primarily Catholic angelology that you might be more accustomed to. Some points you might be interested in: Some angels have flesh-and-blood bodies, other don't; the angel Michael is Adam, and the angel Gabriel is Noah; Satan has angels also; angels don't have wings.
posted by oissubke at 9:27 PM on December 28, 2003

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