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Angels: What the Bible Really Says About God’s Heavenly Host

Written by: Michael S. Heiser
Narrated by: Gordon Greenhill
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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What does the Bible really tell us about the heavenly host?

Everyone knows that angels have wings, usually carry harps, and that each of us has our own personal guardian angel, right? We all have some preconceptions about angels from movies, television shows, and other media, but you might be surprised to know that a lot of those notions aren't based on anything from the Bible. If you read Luke 1:26–38 and imagine the angel Gabriel standing before Mary with neatly folded white wings, you're not getting that picture from anything the Bible itself says.

What the Bible really says about angels is overlooked or filtered through popular myths. This book was written to help change that. It's a book about the loyal members of God's heavenly host, and while most people associate them with the word "angel," that's just one of many terms the Bible uses for supernatural beings. 

In The Unseen Realm, Michael Heiser opened the eyes of thousands to seeing the Bible through the supernatural worldview of the ancient world it was written in. In his latest book, Angels, Dr. Heiser reveals what the Bible really says about God's supernatural servants. Heiser focuses on loyal, holy heavenly beings because the Bible has a lot more to say about them than most people suspect. Most people presume all there is to know about angels is what has been passed on in Christian tradition, but in reality, that tradition is quite incomplete and often inaccurate.

Angels is not guided by traditions, stories, speculations, or myths about angels. Heiser's study is grounded in the terms the Bible itself uses to describe members of God's heavenly host; he examines the terms in their biblical context while drawing on insights from the wider context of the ancient Near Eastern world.

The Bible's view on heavenly beings begins with Old Testament terms but then moves into literature from the Second Temple period? Jewish writings from around the fifth century BC to the first century AD. This literature from the time between the Old Testament and the New Testament influenced the New Testament writers in significant ways. With that important background established, the book focuses on what the New Testament tells us about God's holy ones. Finally, the book reflects on common misconceptions about angels and addresses why the topic is still important and relevant for Christians today.

©2018 Lexham Press (P)2018 Lexham Press

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  • Lucky
  • 2019-05-01

Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know

This is a college course on Angels and very well done. Unfortunately, I am 73 years old and my brain does not compute like it did when I was 20, or 30, or 40, or 50 or 60 and I can appreciate the value of this Audio Book for someone whose brain will remember what it hears, buy mine will not. Enjoy! I'm glad my angles are there and understand my dilemma. I'm also glad that Audible will let me trade it in for something my brain can process. If your brain is functioning at optimum levels, buy the book. You will enjoy it.

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  • Pastor E.G. Graham
  • 2019-06-05

Engaging look at angels

For me this was a good book and one that made me think about the topic of angels and how they are presented in scripture. Of course I didn't agree with everything in this audio book but there was also a lot that I did agree with. A lot of it, as with any work by man, was invariably the authors belief and understanding as opposed to another's, not withstanding the coherency of his argue was such that it dragged your mind into thinking about what is being said, for that I rate it 4 stars. The narrator was pretty good as well, he wasn't boring and was easy to follow and listen to, all in all this is a book I'd recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-25

sweet angel sweet angel

great book I thought I already knew a lot about Angel's by knowing what they are not. I have learn so much more from with both the new and old testament

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  • Joseph Wheat
  • 2019-04-18

Great information, aweful narration.

Dr. Heiser book is packed full of great information about the (good) heavenly beings most commonly known as Angels. He goes to great deeps in his research to present facts, disprove misconceptions, and discuss therories of what might be. However the narrator's performance was at best bland, and at some points (almost) painfully distracting.

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  • Joshua Young
  • 2019-04-16

Thoughtful

I've enjoyed Micheal Heiser's works for some time. Always something to mull over afterwards. Though not surprising, the presentation is very heavy on extra biblical canon.

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  • David Olson
  • 2019-02-21

Excellent solid treatment on the subject

Hisers scholarly study on the biblical concept of the angelic is both solid and eminently readable. Although he deals with it from an academic perspective, it is: didn’t terms that the Lehman can certainly grasp he has done the church a great favor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-29

Heavenly beings

I love it, I just started to learn about these heavenly bodies. The different kinds as well as their ranks positions and purpose. Totally amazing and the reason they were created. Another reason why our God is an AWSOME God.

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  • Kevin C
  • 2019-01-22

Another great work by Dr Heiser

Very detailed lots of great information. Like Dr. Heiser’s other works, if you’re looking for the definitive guide to Angels this is a great place to look.