BPI - Angelology Dictionary
This entry comprises a collection of terms, based on lore and legend, which the paranormal investigator is likely to encounter when dealing in angelology, though some of the terms which follow have been devised specifically for BPI International reference.
Anakim: Children believed to have been created when the fallen angels descended onto earth to enjoy humanly pleasures. They were giants who stood extremely high and brought much suffering to the earth. They were wiped out in the great flood of Noah.
Angel: A typically benevolent celestial being that acts as an intermediary between heaven and earth, especially in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Zoroastrianism. (Dictionary.com) Angelus (Latin); Aggelos (Greek), from Hebrew for “ongoing” or “one sent” messenger. In Hebrew it means “Devine or human messenger
Angelology: A broad term for the study of angels and their hierarchy. Angelology began when humans first began inquiring about angels.
Angelos: Greek for “messenger”.
Book of Enoch: The Book of Enoch is a book written between the Old and New Testaments, around 150-80 B.C. Copies of the Book of Enoch have been found among the Dead Sea scrolls. Enoch means “learned one”. This book explains the many fallen angels who “fell to earth” and were stuck there. These angels were commanded not to mate, but when cast down to earth, did so anyway. This book, known as 1 Enoch, was recognized by Jews and Catholics, but is now denounced by both religions because of its contents and themes. These themes were regarding the fallen angels.
Cherubim: The Islamic religion believes they were created by tears shed by Michael for the sins of humans. In Babylon and Samaria they were statues that guarded temples and palaces. Normally, they had cases of men or lions and bodies of an eagle, sphinx, or bull.
Daniel: “God is my Judge”. Daniel could be a good angel or a fallen angel. Some believe he is a member of the Principalities, while others believe is a fallen angel. The First Book of Enoch lists him as a fallen angel.
Devas: A celestial beings, also known as dharma alas or Dharma protectors in the Buddhist and Hindu religion. They are spiritual beings by nature that are seen as bodies or emanations of light or energy called “shining ones”. There are 3 types of Devas that Hinduism recognizes, they are: mortals living on a higher realm than other mortals, enlightened people who have realized God, and Brahman in the form of a personal God.
Dominions: Ranked fourth in the nine choirs of angels. Also called hash mallim.
El: “of God”, the suffix located at the end of every angelic name to represent their link to God.
Gabriel: “Hero of God or “God is my strength” Gabriel is the messenger angel who is the “voice of God”. Muslims believe that Gabriel is the spirit of truth who dictated the Koran to Mohammed. Jewish religions see Gabriel as the angel of judgment.
Lord of Hosts: God’s supreme command of angels.
Malaika (mah-lah-ee-kah): Islam term for angel, which were to carry the messages to Allah.
Michael:“Who is God” or “Who is like God”. He is considered the warrior angle, for he defeated Lucifer in a heavenly battle. In Jewish tradition, he is the Guardian angel of Israel. In the Islam religion Michael has “…wings the color of green emeralds…covered with saffron hairs, each if them containing a million of faces which implore pardon of Allah”.
Monotheistic: Worship of one God
Polytheistic: Worship of more then one God/Goddess.
Raphael: “God heals” or “The shining one who Heals”. Raphael is the guardian of the human race, especially the youth or those embarking on a spiritual quest. He represents healing and creativity.
Sabaoth: Heavenly army directly related to the “Lord of Hosts”. Some say that the word refers to the hosts of heaven, the angels, and by metaphor to the stars and entire universe (cf. Genesis 2:1).
Zoroastrianism: The Persian religion, founded by Zarathushtra, existing in 6000 BC shows evidence of the first angels emerging traditionally. Sister or brother religion of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam