No Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims about Jesus

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Yale University Press
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6.44 X 9.4 X 1.22 inches | 1.38 pounds

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About the Author

Susan R. Garrett is professor of New Testament, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is coordinator of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.


"At once magisterial and accessible, Garrett's book moves with grace between ancient and modern depictions of angels--never dismissive of popular beliefs, yet showing their indebtedness to modern ideologies."--Dale B. Martin, author of Pedagogy of the Bible

--Dale B. Martin

"Susan Garrett has written no ordinary book about angels. A supposedly esoteric or other-worldly topic turns out to be a life and death matter when Garrett illumines it with the light of her learning."--Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary

--Patrick D. Miller
"Susan R. Garrett combines impeccable biblical scholarship with creative, profound theological reflection. No Ordinary Angel is far more than a book about angels. In the course of investigating ancient and modern angelologies, Garrett delves into such central matters as the nature and work of Christ and the presence and action of God in the world. Her prose is fluid, her forays into popular culture ring true, and her theology is nothing less than brilliant. This is an important book for scholars and lay persons alike. Exquisite theology born of rigorous bible-study--it doesn't get any better than this!"--Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary

--Serene Jones
"This marvelously readable and informative book is an authoritative contribution to the scholarly literature on angelology. Those who minister to folks who have been--or desperately want to be--"touched by an angel" will benefit greatly from Garrett's insights. I am immensely grateful to my own guardian angel for leading me to this book!"--Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary--Richard J. Mouw
"A wonderful new book about the enduring popularity of angels in American culture--and how these angel images in movies, TV shows and novels relate to the faith of the majority of Americans, which is Christianity. . . . Susan is exploring the blossoming of popular angel images in American media--and trying to connect the cultural dots for most Americans who look to Christianity as their faith."--David Crumm, Read the Spirit--David Crumm "Read the Spirit" (12/31/2008 12:00:00 AM)
". . . [T]akes a subject that scholars generally consider to be on the fluffy end of popular piety and integrates it into ecclesial and academic reflection. . . . exceptionally well structured . . . and very engagingly written . . ."--Sam Wells, Christian Century--Sam Wells "Christian Century"