By David P. Melvin

Melvin strains the emergence and improvement of the motif of angelic interpretation of visions from overdue prophetic literature (Ezekiel 40-48; Zechariah 1-6) into early apocalyptic literature (1 Enoch 17-36; 72-82; Daniel 7-8). studying how the historic and socio-political context of exilic and post-exilic Judaism and the wider spiritual and cultural surroundings formed Jewish angelology ordinarily, Melvin concludes that the motif of the analyzing angel served a selected functionality. development upon the paintings of Susan Niditch, Melvin concludes that the reading angel motif served a polemical functionality in repudiating divination as a method of predicting the long run, whereas while raising the authority of the visionary revelation. The literary impact is to reimagine God as an imperial monarch who principles and communicates via intermediaries—a reimagination that profoundly encouraged next Jewish and Christian culture

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Grabbe and R. Haak [JSPSup 46; London: T&T Clark, 2003], 107–33). ↵ See, for example, Karin Schöpflin, “God’s Interpreter: The Interpreting Angel in Post-Exilic Prophetic Visions of the Old Testament” (in Angels: The Concept of Celestial Beings – Origins, Development and Reception, ed. Friedrich V. Reiterer, et al.

Joel S. Burnett at Baylor University. It has gone through a few minor changes since it was defended in July 2012, but the essence remains the same. I was led to the topic of the interpreting angel motif and the broader subject of Jewish apocalyptic literature through an early foray into biblical angelology in relation to ancient Near Eastern literature and religions during my days as an MA student at Washington University in St. Louis. At that time I was primarily concerned with traditions of “fallen angels”—a topic of considerable discussion in scholarly literature.

An interpreting angel engages in conversation with the seer, in which the angel communicates the meaning of a vision/dream or some specific feature of the vision/dream. Often this interpretation/explanation occurs in the form of a vision question-and-answer dialogue between the angel and the seer, but it need not necessarily take this form. [96] Chapter Five concludes the study by summarizing its findings and presenting a reconstruction of the development of the interpreting angel motif. As I discuss below, one popular theory for the development of monotheism holds that the multi-tiered pantheon of early Israel collapsed into two tiers: the chief deity, now recognized as the only true God, and a host of subservient messenger deities (angels).

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