Monday, January 23, 2023

On the cherubim

ANGELOLOGY: The Cherubim: From Guardians of Eden to Auschwitz (James A. Diamond , Marginalia).
Anxiety of Cherubim

I have been thinking for quite some time now about the significance of angels in the Jewish tradition to the extent that I devoted an entire chapter to them in a book on Jewish philosophical theology attempting to lend them some respectability. The problem that continues to vex is how to wrest meaning from creatures that are mythological figments of ancient cultures. They appear to be remnants of a pagan imagination and metaphysics, and yet they populate monotheistic Judaism’s canonical texts from the biblical, through the classical rabbinic, and the kabbalistic traditions. ...

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