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Crosby 1 Messenger The term angel derives from a Greek translation of the Hebrew word malakh which first meant Shadow side of God and now means messenger Jeremiah 59 Angels as an article of faith have become an unshakeable part of our society One in every ten popular songs involves angels in some way Freeman 2 They appear in paintings and in museums as sculptures Our culture is filled with angels that appear on clothing cards or as souvenirs and jewelry It would be reasonable to assume that one might find the most information about angels in the Christian bible However the bible only mentions three angels by name and actually contains very little information about these beings Almost all of the information we have about angelic attributes comes from the three great Chronicles of Enoch In these chronicles Enoch describes his journey to the ten Heavens where he saw angels in heavens penal and punishment area punishing sinners His view was that hell existed in small pockets that were distributed throughout heaven This view was not consistent with the later Church that believed heaven and hell were two separate places Because of this St Jerome declared these texts apocryphal Godwin 9 However a lot of material from these chronicles appears in the New Testament Though much of what we know currently about what angels are and what they do is based on misconception and myth the concern of this paper is with the genus Angelus Occidentalis This is the term used to describe a number of angelic species and sub-species in Judaism Islam and Christianity Godwin 7 The term angel describes not only the benevolent forces of heaven but also the malevolent forces of hell When Lucifer fell from heaven a supposed one third of the angels sided and fell with him One third remained in heaven and one third were neutral Godwin 149 The focus of this paper will be
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