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The Armchair Theologian

Never cease to love your fellow Christians. Do not neglect to show hospitality; by doing this some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews, 13.3).

Angels are part of the fabric of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, yet their identity is starkly elusive. The word ‘angel’ comes from a Greek word angelos meaning ‘messenger’. An angel then is someone (or perhaps something) which communicates the will of God to the human world. In their earliest appearances, such heralds are surprisingly ordinary. When Abraham is seen entertaining angels in Genesis, we are told that he offers them hospitality, as he would any human guest (Gen 17: 2-7). Yet, even early on in the Biblical story, there is clearly something uncanny about them. An angel calls out from heaven, to stave Abraham’s hand from sacrificing his son Isaac (Gen 22:10). And we’re told that Jacob saw angels ascending and descending a…

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Posted May 28, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

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