He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
събота, 15 март 2014 г.
In the Apocalypse of Abraham, the
ANGEL OF THE LORD
sent to take
in a visionary experience.
Iaoel appears in the likeness of a man whose “body was
like sapphire, and the aspect of his face was like chryso-
lite, and the hair of his head like snow. And a kidaris
[headdress] (was) on his head, its look like that of a
, and the clothing of his garments (was) purple; and a
golden staff (was) in his right hand” (11:1–4).
Iaoel describes himself:
I am Iaoel and I was called so by him who causes those
with me on the seventh expanse, on the firmament, to
shake, a power through the medium of his ineffable name
in me. I am the one who has been charged according to
his commandment, to restrain the threats of the living
creatures of the cherubim against one another, and I teach
those who carry the song through the medium of man’s
night of the seventh hour. I am appointed to hold the
Leviathans, because through me is subjugated the attack
and menace of every reptile. I am ordered to loosen Hades
and to destroy those who wondered at the dead. I am the
one who ordered your father’s house to be burned with
him, for he honored the dead. I am sent to you now to
bless you and the land which he whom you have called
the Eternal One has prepared for you. (10:7–16)
Iaoel is visible to Abraham as he accompanies him
on a 40-day fast and purification, but after Abraham
makes a required sacrifice to God, the angel becomes