Angels have been analyzed in Christological research due to their primary function as messengers and mediators between heaven and earth. Their role in the Gospel narratives, however, has been largely unexplored.
Utilizing the Old Testament and sources from the Second Temple period to illustrate the variety of angel traditions, Bendoraitis identifies how these traditions are reflected in Matthew's Gospel and interprets the passages in which angels appear or are represented, resulting in a detailed exegesis of those passages which specifically mention angels. Each reference is critically analyzed in view of its role in the Gospel's narrative and in light of Matthew's redactional hand. In addition, each chapter is accompanied by a discussion of relevant traditions of angels in order to illustrate how Matthew's use of angels has facilitated his Gospel's message. The examination concludes by postulating three factors in the inclusion of angel traditions in Matthew's narrative, pertaining both to Matthew's Christology and worldview.
Moore's final, long-form poetic work was well-received at the time of its initial publication (though it also, admittedly, caused some disturbances in certain circles). The poem's basis is said to have been an amalgam of rabbinical and old folk tales, and centers around three distinct, fallen angels who find themselves enamored with human women. The overarching parable serves to cast light upon the moral decline of the soul, with a notable regard to the concept of purity.
I have been writing poetry from when I was a little girl. My poetry scans many facets of life - sadness, joy, laughter and spiritual. Having had many poems published in various anthologies through the years, here in the UK, and in the USA, I am at last achieving a lifetime's ambition to have my own poetry book printed. I would now like to share my poems with the world and hope you enjoy them.