At 3/12/13 03:40 AM, Ma1achi wrote:
Angels originated from Biblical Texts
Not exactly true, though not necessarily false either. Most modern understandings of the idea of an "angel" do tend to rely on their roles as holy messengers within Christianity and Judaism, but there are actually ancient texts (Sumerian, Egyptian, Persian) which predate the Bible that also express beliefs in 'angels.' I have no readily available source to back up what I'm saying, though, so take it as you will.
A lot of ideas and motifs found within the Bible are actually borrowed from other ancient texts and religions. The story of the flood, which has its origins in ancient Mesopotamia, is one example that comes to mind. In my opinion, the story is actually much more powerful within the context of the epic of Gilgamesh than it is within the Bible.
There is actually a Angel Hierarchy. Angels being at the bottom with two wings, Cherubim being at the middle with four wings, and Seraphim's being at the top with six wings. Also, there are many other ranks in-between these.
Indeed. This sort of categorization has always been interesting to me.