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Out of the Blue

by Sophie Cameron

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Angels

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Angels continue to intrigue many as evidenced by Sophie Cameron's debut novel, Out Of The Blue. In Zoroastrianism (which dates back to about 1500 BCE) and the Abrahamic religions (the major ones being Judaism, Christianity and Islam), angels are generally considered spiritual beings created by God to serve him in many roles including as intermediaries with humanity. Angelos translates to "messenger" in Greek; the Hebrew word for angel is mal'ach, also meaning messenger.

Angels play an integral part in many stories in the Torah and Old Testament, for example God places cherubim to guard the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve are expelled; it is a messanger from God who prevents Abraham from slaughtering Isaac and the Angel of Death who kills the first born in Egypt; and Jacob sees angels ascending a ladder to heaven in his dreams.

They are also integral to many stories in the New Testament, for example the angel Gabriel announces the coming of Jesus to Mary; ...

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