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An Extraordinary Gathering of Angels Hardcover – Illustrated, October 1, 2004
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Barker discusses the close association of godly persons with the angels and the possibility of mankind becoming angels. The book relies heavily on the canonical scriptures but is also much informed by the treatment of angels found in extracanonical texts, especially in the Enoch literature and other related sources. She discusses the fallen angels and their evil influence and such concepts as guardian angels and the role of angels in providing inspiration and guidance.
A striking feature of the book is the great number of illustrations, most in color, taken from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic art, including paintings, frescoes, stained-glass windows, icons, and sculptures. Barker also offers many quotations about angels from writers and poets and includes interviews from scholars and officials representing various traditions.
Latter-day Saints will appreciate Barker's sensitive treatment of angels that are of special importance to them. A photograph of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is shown as an illustration of the principle that in sacred song on earth we join with the saints and angels above in worshiping at the throne of God. The first vision of Joseph Smith is described and illustrated with a painting by Greg Olsen (p.Read more ›
There are 13 chapters consisting of topics such as the Ranks of Angels, Archangels, the Holy Wisdom, The Fallen Angels, the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, the Lost Bible, and Angels as Guardians. Each chapter begins with a short essay explaining the topic and cross referencing her sources. Some chapters will have more than one essay. Many illustrations follow with captions emphasizing a point and there is usually a quote from one of the sources. Some chapters end with an interview from a leader or scholar from a religious tradition that explains their views of the role angels play in their belief.
I enjoyed the book very much and the artwork she selected was very good and did an excellent job of illustrating how artists through the ages envisioned angels and the roles they play in our lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the topic of angels.
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Beautiful photography of art that preserves the Hebrew and early Christian concepts of temple theology: "on earth as it is in heaven. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Marjorie
This is a rare edition and quite a find. The illustrations alone are breath taking and the amplified stories are wonderful to read.Published on March 19, 2013 by A. Minks