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  For a good 20 years, angels have been the subject of continuous and steadily increasing interest. It is apparent that the term "angel" is anything but self-evident although it is also used in everyday speech, the media and the art world as a matter of course. Attempts to explain the current "boom" in angels’ popularity are just as complex as opinions about what an angel is.

There is a wealth of material on the concepts of angels and their backgrounds. Even in a large book it is impossible to include all the interesting details. However, carefully selected examples are helpful as a basis in forming a picture of what human beings have been thinking and reporting about angels.




Herbert Vorgrimler

Ursula Bernauer

Thomas Sternberg




9 3/8 x 11 5/8 in.

24 x 29,5 cm

240 pages

Over 250 full colour illustrations








Where Angels come from

The Angels in Interpretative Art and Advertising

God's Angel and the Angels in the Old Testament

Ideas of Angels in Non-Biblical Judaism

Angels in the New Testament

Angels in Islam

The Subject of Angels in the Early Church

Angels in Official Chruch Texts

The Angels of the Reformers and in Evangelical Piety

Guardian Angels, Might and Power

Angels: an in-depth psychological interpretation


Herbert Vorgrimler

Born 1929, studies in philosophy and theology in Freiburg i. Br. and Innsbruck, 1953 ordination as a priest, 1958 doctorate in theology, Emeritus. Since 1995, member of the "Issues of Judaism" working group at the German bishops’ conference.

Main focus of work: Kleines theol. Wörterbuch, 1988; Kleines Konzilskompendium, 1966; Der Tod im Denken und Leben des Christen, 1978; Hoffnung auf Vollendung (eschatology), 1984; Theologische Gotteslehre, 1992; Wiederkehr der Engel?, 1999; Neues Theologisches Wörterbuch 2000, 2000


Ursula Bernauer

Dr. phil., sociologist (M.A.) and practicing psychotherapist. Born 1939 in Freiburg. studies in social work and sociology in Munich, Münster and Freiburg. 1971-1973 teaching appointment at the UC of Santiago de Chile with subsequent doctorate in social medicine.1976-1987 Head of Science at the Catholic Further Training Institute for nursing professions in Freiburg. 1987-2000 tutor at the Catholic Academy in Freiburg (deputy director since 1993). Further qualification as psychotherapist at the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich.
Publications: Die schöne Dame von Lourdes. History and events interpreted with an in-depth psychological approach, 1995


Thomas Sternberg

Prof., Dr. theol., Dr. phil., born 1952 in Elspe/Westphalia. Studies in German, history of art and theology in Münster, Rome and Bonn; since 1988, Director of the Catholic-Social Academy, Franz Hitze House in Münster; teaching appointment for art and liturgy at the University of Münster

Publications about Achim von Arnim, welfare institutions of the early Middle Ages, early Christian and modern art as well as topics concerning the Church and culture.