What does the Bible really tell us about the heavenly host?
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Everyone knows that angels have wings, usually carry harps and that each of us has our guardian angel, right? We all have some preconceptions about angels from movies, television shows, and other media, but you might be surprised to know that a lot of those notions aren’t based on anything from the Bible. If you read Luke 1:26–38 and imagine the angel Gabriel standing before Mary with neatly folded white wings, you’re not getting that picture from anything the Bible itself says.
What the Bible really says about angels is overlooked or filtered through popular myths. This book was written to help change that. It’s a book about the loyal members of God’s heavenly host, and while most people associate them with the word “angel,” that’s just one of many terms the Bible uses for supernatural beings.
Heiser focuses on loyal, holy heavenly beings because the Bible has a lot more to say about them than most people suspect.
In The Unseen Realm (Amazon), Michael Heiser opened the eyes of thousands to see the Bible through the supernatural worldview of the ancient world it was written in. In his latest book, Angels (Amazon), Dr. Heiser reveals what the Bible really says about God’s supernatural servants. Heiser focuses on loyal, holy heavenly beings because the Bible has a lot more to say about them than most people suspect. Most people presume all there is to know about angels is what has been passed on in the Christian tradition, but in reality, that tradition is quite incomplete and often inaccurate.
Angels is not guided by traditions, stories, speculations, or myths about angels. Heiser’s study is grounded in the terms the Bible itself uses to describe members of God’s heavenly host; he examines the words in their biblical context while drawing on insights from the broader context of the ancient Near Eastern world.
Angels is not guided by traditions, stories, speculations, or myths about angels. Heiser’s study is grounded in the terms the Bible itself uses to describe members of God’s heavenly host; he examines the words in their biblical context while drawing on insights from the broader context of the ancient Near Eastern world. The Bible’s view of heavenly beings begins with Old Testament terms but then moves into literature from the Second Temple period—Jewish writings from around the fifth century BC to the first century AD. This literature from the time between the Old Testament and the New Testament influenced the New Testament writers in significant ways. With that critical background established, the book focuses on what the New Testament tells us about God’s holy ones. Finally, the book reflects on common misconceptions about angels and addresses why the topic is still relevant for Christians today.
Praise for Angels
We live in a materialistic world. If you can’t touch it or see it, it doesn’t exist. The Bible opens our eyes to the supernatural realm of spiritual beings, and Michael Heiser helps us navigate the biblical teaching on angels. He does so with great insight and care as he explores the Old and New Testament teachings on this important topic. I recommend this book to all who want to broaden their understanding of the world to include the world as it really is.
—Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
Praise for Michael Heiser
Michael Heiser shows how important it is to understand this world and appreciate how its contribution helps to make sense of Scripture.
—Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies
- Section I: Old Testament
- Old Testament Terminology for the Heavenly Host
- The Heavenly Host in Service to God
- Important Angels
- Section II: Second Temple (Intertestamental) Period
- The Language of the Heavenly Host in Second Temple Judaism
- Second Temple Jewish Angelology
- Section III: New Testament
- The Heavenly Host in the New Testament
- Special Topics in New Testament Angelology
- Section IV: Angelology Today
- Christian Myths about Angels
- Why Should We Care About Angels?
Title: Angels: What the Bible Really Says About God’s Heavenly Host
Author: Michael S. Heiser
Publisher: Lexham Press
Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
About Michael S. Heiser
Michael S. Heiser is the academic editor for Logos Bible Software, Bible Study Magazine, and Faithlife Study Bible. He is the co-editor of Old Testament Greek Pseudepigrapha with Morphology and Semitic Inscriptions: Analyzed Texts and English Translations; he is also the Hebrew instructor for Learn to Use Hebrew for Logos Bible Software. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling The Unseen Realm. He earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages and holds an M.A. in ancient history and Hebrew studies. Also, he was named the 2007 Pacific Northwest Regional Scholar by the Society of Biblical Literature.