The Fall of the Angels

The fall of the angels is one of the biblical narratives which, above all in the history of the bible’s reception, have developed an extraordinary effect: In the biblical canon they appear just as hints (Gen. 6; Isaiah 14; Apocalypse 12). Little concern for the text as well as a tradition and reception not covered by the canon makes the narrative grow and change considerably, as well as freely negotiate in the popular media of iconography, liturgy and theatre. As a completed narrative the fall of the angels appears only in the literature of the apocalyptic movement. The so-called Henoch tradition provides revelations about the cosmos and the secrets of Heaven and Earth. Through this mystery our present world is coded as a battle between good and evil.

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Christoph Auffarth is Professor of Comparative Religion at Bremen University, Germany. His main fields are religions in Antiquity, especially Greek Religions and the Encounter of Religions in the Middle Ages (Crusades, Dialogues, Heresies). Loren T. Stuckenbruck, is the B.F. Westcott Professor of Biblical Studies at University of Durham, UK. He has published extensively on the fallen angels tradition in Early Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament literature.
Introduction, Christoph Auffarth & Loren T. Stuckenbruck “The Nephilim were on the Earth: Genesis 6: 1-4 and its Ancient Near Eastern Context”, Ronald Hendel “Remember the Titans!”, Jan N. Bremmer “The Downfall of Helel, the Son of Dawn: Aspects of Royal Ideology in Isa 14:12-13”, Matthias Albani “The Origins of Evil in Jewish Apocalyptic Tradition: The Interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4 in the Second and Third Centuries BCE”, Loren T. Stuckenbruck “The Down-throw of the Dragon in Revelation 12 and the Down-fall of God’s Enemy”, Hermann Lichtenberger “The Demonic Demiurge in Gnostic Mythology”, Gerard P. Luttikhuizen “Die Engelsturzmotive des Umm al-Kitāb. Untersuchungen zur Trägerschaft eines synkretistischen Werkes der häretischen Schia”, Bärbel Beinhauer-Köhler “Black Sabbath Masses: Fictitious and Real Inquisitions”, Bernd-Ulrich Hergemöller “Angels on Earth und Forgers in Heaven: A Debate in the High Middle Ages Concerning Their Fall and Ascension”, Christoph Auffarth “Zur narrative Plausibilität des Bösen”, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Gladigow “Das Böse. Systematische Überlegungen im Horizont des christlichen Wirklichkeitsverständnisses”, Eilert Herms “The Invisible Made Visible: Glimpses of an Iconography of the Fall of Angels”, Christoph Auffarth