Angels and Demons – Uriel

Uriel_1Uriel is one of the few angels called by name in the Hebrew Bible. He is credited with warning Noah about the flood. In the apocryphal, he gets up to all sorts of divine shenanigans. Most famously, Ezra asks God a question and Uriel is sent to answer him.

He is also credited with being the angel of Wednesday. So he’s the hump day angel. Yeah, I don’t quite get that either. Human calendars and clocks have never much interested any of the angels or demons I have run into so far. Most think nothing of making you late to work or early to your grave.  Flesh, after all, is meant to rot.

Uriel is considered an archangel.  That sounds far more grand than it is. Archangels are part of the Third Sphere of angels – and the only sphere that deals with us fallen mortals. There are seven forms of angels that are higher in the divine Hierarchy. Uriel_2

If you ran into Uriel on the street, he would not have his wings or the customary bowl of fire with which artists often depict him.  He would look like your average Joe or Joan. That is the way of angels and demons. You might find yourself feeling great hope as you passed him on the street where a moment ago you had been in despair. Uriel is also credited in some corners of theology with being the archangel of Salvation. We could all use a little of that sort of thing, couldn’t we?

img_1071I created my own Uriel for my stories of Alleysiande. What the heck? I could hardly butcher the poor angel more than other authors already have. I created the character about twenty-five years ago after having a long discussion with Jethro about the nature of angels and how some fell and some remained all pure and above board. At this time, Jethro was hanging out in the guise of a Brittany spaniel.

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Of course, Jethro is always insufferably vague about the ways of his kind so most of what I came up with, I had to string together out of apocryphal and imagination. I am sure the archangel won’t mind too much. After all, authors have been having their way with him for millennia.

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  1. Hmm… the name Uriel is mentioned 4 times in the Old Testament. He was a Levite, one of the sons of Kohath charged by King David in 1 Chronicles 15:11-12 with carrying the Ark of the Covenant. And according to Genesis 6:13ff, God Himself warned Noah about the Flood and told him to build the ark.

    Sorry, this is one area of fantasy that gets under my skin. First because angels and demons are not mythology. The Bible speaks of them as real spiritual beings, and I am loathe to dispute that. And second because the role of angels in Scripture is so very different to how they are depicted in books, movies, and TV shows. According to Hebrews 1:14, angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who are to inherit salvation. And if you trace the work of angels throughout the Bible, that seems a good, succinct description of what they do: i.e., work to serve God’s people (Israel/the church).

    Of course, the Roman Catholic Church has helped perpetuate what can be properly called “angel/demon mythology”–the stuff found in apocryphal, extra-biblical writings that strays far from fact, but is good for scaring people into the confessional. 😉

    Sorry, Elise… I was trying to bite my tongue on this one, but it hurt too much. 🙂

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    • Colin, please never bite your tongue where I am concerned. I adore and respect you and I always welcome what you have to say. And I am sorry this hurt you. August will be a rough month for you in regards to my blog, but you can ignore it if you prefer. I will be dealing with angels and demons 26 of the 31 days of August.

      However, this will be from a position of literary inspiration more than from a position of faith. I do not claim to be a Biblical scholar although I do read the Bible. I also have a Catholic background so yeah, deeply ingrained stuff for me. I also read a lot of apocryphal and literature and mythology and other religious doctrine but as a matter of research and understanding.

      I do believe in angels as real things. As a child, I truly believed that I had an angel companion who I named Jethro (after the band Jethro Tull because of a love of electric flute and he would not tell me his right name). I still think he hangs about me, shaking his head in despair and occasionally stopping me from stepping in front of a proverbial bus.

      Angels and their fallen counterparts appear in more than the Judeo-Christian tradition. They are found in many religions (and we have forgotten more religions than we will ever know about) and of course, as you have rightly pointed out, in all sorts of literature and mythology. If you feel like it, I would welcome the theological perspective on these posts although I don’t imagine you have the time. Again, this is simply a subject that interests me and has always driven my imagination. Yeah, back in the day, I would have been burned as a witch for the liberties I take. No doubt.

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      • You’re very kind, Elise. Please don’t take this personally. As I said, it’s not just you–there are plenty of other fantasy writers drinking from the same well, so my beef is with the way the genre writers as a whole treat angels and demons. A while ago my SecondBorn binged-watched Supernatural. Plenty of eye-rolling throughout. 🙂

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        • Oh, I eye-rolled my way through Supernatural. And while I laughed a lot through Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, I am still not convinced God and his angels are all a bunch of tea-sipping English dudes. I could be wrong. And Gaiman’s television version of Lucifer was fun- again, nope- there is nothing remotely cuddly about the Morningstar, but I do love Neil Gaiman all the same.

          On Saturday’s post (I did so good and wrote all my posts ahead of time and scheduled and everything – I feel so accomplished), you might understand a bit more about my fascination. Do you know the Black Crows song, She Talks to Angels? Yeah, that could have been written about me. Sadly.

          I do understand, Colin. My genre is fantasy and by definition, it takes liberties with reality and the boundaries of imagination. I do appreciate your perspective. I read your Sunday sermon posts as well as your Dr. Who posts and love them equally. You are quite an inspirational and interesting fellow.

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