One Archangel, Two Archangels

So just how many archangels are there? Plus, five highly recommended books on angels.

BY: William D. Webber


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Do you have knowledge that the four archangels represent a specific cardinal point: Michael the south, Gabriel the west, Uriel the north, and Raphael the east?

The idea that four archangels each represent a cardinal point is not a part of mainstream Christianity; there are no Bible verses to offer evidence. The association of the archangels with the four directions—as well as with the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water—is a belief that comes from the Kabbalah, a religion that is thousands of years old and is the basis of Jewish mysticism. In addition to assigning angels to the four cardinal points, Kabbalah also assigns angels to represent the seven classical planets (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Sol (the sun), and Luna (the moon)), and the twelve zodiacal constellations. Today, these ideas are also part of the beliefs of some New Age groups and other traditions.

What books about angels and/or archangels would you recommend?
--Stephen S.

I have hundreds of books on angels in my personal library, but here are five books I recommend most often:

  1. "The Big Book of Angels" by the Editors of Beliefnet.  Leaders from all the major world religions write about angels from their perspective in this unique book. You will find it interesting to compare the ideas of other religions with your own beliefs.
  2. "A Rustle of Angels" by Marilynn Carlson Webber and William D. Webber.  My wife and I compiled this book which is filled with hundreds of actual angel experiences. The stories raise almost every question about angels and has more theology about angels than most theology textbooks, but the text is a fun and easy-to-read style. In 2005, the book won the Print Media Award from the Excellence in Media Foundation and was also nominated for the Gold Medallion Award.
  3. "The Angels and Us" by Mortimer J. Adler.  This is a classic. The first edition came out in 1982 and it is still in print. Dr. Adler was president of the University of Chicago and became widely known as the editor of "Great Books of the Western World."  You will enjoy this highly readable book, which may tell you more than you ever wanted to know about angels, by a true scholar and noted philosopher.
  4. "Celebration of Angels" by Timothy Jones.  Timothy Jones has collected the best accounts of people who have had experiences with angels. He uses his skills as a professional writer and researcher to present clearly the teachings of the Scripture and the Christian church in a compelling way.
  5. "Where Angels Walk" by Joan Wester Anderson.  Read this book and you will understand why it was on the New York Times best-seller list for over a year. You will never go wrong with any book on angels by Joan. "Where Angels Walk" is filled with factual accounts of angels in our world; the book will fill readers with a sense of awe and peace.
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