See also:book of Daniel the name is given to one of the chief " princes " of the heavenly
See also:host, the
See also:angel or "
See also:prince " of
See also:Israel (
See also:Dan. x . 13, 21; xii . I; cf .
See also:Enoch xx . 5 and possibly Mal. iii . I), and as such he naturally appears in Jewish theosophy as the greatest of all angels, the first of the four (or seven) who surround the
See also:throne of
See also:God, and the antagonist of Sammael, the enemy of God . He holds the secret of the mighty "word" by which God created
See also:heaven and
See also:earth (Enoch lxix . 14), and was " the angel who spoke to Moses in the
See also:Mount " (Acts vii . 38) . It was through Babylonian and Persian influence that names were given to the angels, and according to Kohut (Jiid .
Angel. p . 24)Michael is parallel to Vohumano, " Ahura's first masterpiece," one of the Zoroastrian Amesha-spentas or archangels, It is as guardian angel of Israel, or of the
See also:Church, the true Israel, that Michael appears in
See also:Jude 9 and Rev. xii . 7 . This latter passage is of distinctly pre-Christian origin; it is not the
See also:Child that overthrows Satan, the figure of the
See also:Messiah is ousted by that of Michael . There is also here a relic of the primeval Babylonian myth of the struggle between the
See also:light god
See also:Marduk and the forces of chaotic darkness . In the Western Church the festival of St Michael and All Angels (Michaelmas) is celebrated on the 29th of
See also:September; it appears to have grown out of a
See also:local celebration of the dedication of a church of St Michael either at Mount Garganus in Apulia or at Rome, and was a
See also:day by the beginning of the 9th century . The Greek Church dedicates the 8th of
See also:November to St Michael, St
See also:Gabriel and All Angels .
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