from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The branch of theology having to do with angels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The study of angels. Angels have been grouped into nine categories, from lowest to highest: angel, virtue, archangel, power, principality, dominion, throne, cherub, and seraph.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A discourse on angels, or a body of doctrines in regard to angels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine of angels; that portion of theology which treats of angelic beings; a discourse on angels.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of theology that is concerned with angels
Call angelology “theology-fiction” or “philosophy-fiction” if you like, or regard it as a legitimate part of theology as queen of the sciences and of philosophy as her handmaiden.
Then a couple years ago I came across the term 'merkabah rider' in an angelology book, and the image of a Hasidic man with blue glass spectacles embossed with the Seals of Solomon, riding a fiery ethereal horse and wearing a gun belt just jumped into my mind.
Of seven archangels in the angelology of post-Exilic Judaism, only Michael, mentioned as archangel Daniel 12:1 and Gabriel are mentioned by name in the scriptures that came to be accepted as canonical by all Christians.
Much of the new angelology is lifted from Roman Catholic sources -- though without much regard for church tradition.
In truth, the most important source of angelology is not the Bible.
The year's most celebrated and intelligent play, Tony Kushner's two-part "Angels in America," fuses figures out of Biblical and Mormon angelology to give his "gay fantasia on a national theme" a comic transcendental dimension.
For some reason, I'm just a total big fan of this feast day, and of the Archangels in general - and I've never been a big one on angelology, either.
From a Cabalist point of view, the Sefirot and the divine names are actors in dramas of theology, cosmology, anthropology and angelology whose major themes are exile, death, atonement and redemption, stories that Pico transposes onto the Christian Trinity, with Jesus Christ, the Messiah, as the saving hero.
The descriptive part of the book begins (in Chapter 2) with hekhalot mysticism and other pre-rabbinic and rabbinic mysticisms that appear in such apocryphal works as the Book of Enoch, including angelology and magic.
From what I hear, they don't even talk about angelology and demonology in the seminaries either.