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Caryatids Room
Roman art
Julio-Claudian Period
Late Antiquity
Gaul, Africa and Syria

Reliquary Angels
MR 551, MR 550
Richelieu 1st floor room 6 showcase 4
The Bible and angels
Each of these angels is mounted
on a base with six sides embossed
with French coats of arms.
They are holding a cylinder-shaped
chest made of rock crystal.
The relics of Saint Luke and Saint Sebastian
were at one time stored in them.

 The Bible and angels

In the Bible, the Hebrew word mal’akh and the Greek term aggelos are translated as ‘angel’ when referring to a spiritual creature. These words appear almost 400 times in the Bible. They both share the same meaning of 'messenger'.
The most eminent among them, ‘The Word of God’ (Revelation 19:13), is
Jesus Christ.He is often identified as the Archangel Michael or ‘chief angel’
(Jude 9).
The Bible specifies the names of only
two faithful angels, Michael and Gabriel (Daniel 12:1; Luke 1:26).Note that some angels refused to disclose their names to humans.(Genesis 32:29, Joshua5:14, Judges 13:17, 18).
John the Apostle attempted to worship angels, but was rebuked on two occasions in these terms:“Be careful! Do not do that! (…) Worship God.”
- Revelations 19:10; 22:8, 9.
The Bible warns against a ‘worship of the angels’, after an expression borrowed from mysterious pagan initiation rituals (Colossians 2:18, NWT note).AR58


St. Michael Fountain, Paris




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