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Angels Of A Christian God: Christian Angelos Veneration In Late Roman Anatolia

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This conclusory chapter of this book sums up the contents discussed in the various chapters. While Jewish and Christian scriptures refer to angeloi, and such beings feature prominently in Jewish and Christian literature in the Roman period, the belief in, and veneration of, angeloi was not limited to Judaism and Christianity. This study seeks to bring to light this aspect of late Roman religion, one that is discussed among a few specialists, but typically does not enter scholarly or popular discourse about Roman religion, early Christianity, or angels. The inscriptions and literary evidence examined in this study suggest that the belief in and invocation of angeloi was not limited to the circles of the philosophical elite. Some of the features of Roman-era angelos veneration contributed to what, in time, became the normative form of orthodox Christian angel veneration.

Keywords:Christian angel veneration; Christian scriptures; Jewish scriptures; Roman period; Roman-era angelos veneration

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