Turning to the angels to save Jewish mythology
Ancient Mesopotamian texts and images, although understandable to contemporary scholars, were incomprehensible in the Levant in Greek and Roman times - resulting in new mythologies.
“A holy angel came down from heaven.” This expression, from the Book of Daniel 4:10, offers a look at a rich mythological corpus about the fallen angels and their descent to earth in the generations before the Flood. This myth encompasses an ambivalent attitude among human beings regarding the relationship between God and man, as well as toward curiosity and scientific knowledge. It was handed down to...
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