Angel-ology
 
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  • Religious 
    • Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all express devotion to Archangel Michael. (There are writings about him in all three religions).
    • Christianity 
      • Catholic and Orthodox Christians often refer to the Angel Michael as "Saint Michael", an honorific title that does not indicate canonisation.
      • Roman Catholics refer to him as Saint Michael the Archangel and also simply as Saint Michael.
      • Early Christians gave the care of their sick to St. Michael.
      • Michael is the Christian Angel of Death, carrying the souls of all the deceased to heaven, where they are weighed in his perfectly balanced scales.
      • In late medieval Christianity, Michael, together with St George, became the patron saint of chivalry, and of the first chivalric order of France, the Order of Saint Michael of 1469. (There is a remarkable similarity between St. Michael and St. George. The main difference being St. George is earthly while St. Michael is Metaphysical).
      • Michaelmas, (also the Feast of Michael and All Angels) is a day in the Christian calendar which occurs on 29 September. Because it falls near the Autumnal Equinox, it is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days.
      • Under the influence of the widely-read Angelology of the Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, church fathers spent much time allotting Michael a rank in the celestial hierarchy and placed Michael over all the Angels; they say he is called "archangel" because he is the prince of the other Angels.
      • Latter-day Saint theology believe Michael lived this mortal life as the patriarch Adam. Michael and Adam are regarded as the same individual; Adam being his mortal name and Michael being his pre-mortal/post-mortal name.
      • Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus and the Archangel Michael are the same being. They believe that Jesus/Michael was the first being created by Jehovah and through whom he made the universe, the Angels and mankind.

    • Judaism 
      • Michael is considered the guardian Angel of Israel. His name translated in Hebrew means "Who is like God."
      • After a period of fasting, the prophet Daniel experienced a vision in which an Angel identifies Michael as the protector of Israel.
      • Much of the late Midrashic detail about Michael was transferred, through the Book of Enoch, to Christianity where it was adopted and further elaborated.
      • According to rabbinic Jewish tradition, Michael acted as the advocate of Israel, and sometimes had to fight with the princes of the other nations including the Angel Samael, Israel's accuser.
      • Legend makes Michael the teacher of Moses; so that the Israelites are indebted to their advocate for the supreme good of the Torah.
      • There is a legend, possibly of Jewish origin, that Michael was first sent by God to bring Nebuchadnezzar against Jerusalem. Afterward, Michael was very active in freeing his nation from Babylonian captivity.
      • According to the Zohar, Michael accompanies the souls of the pious and helps them to enter the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem.
      • Michael is designated in the Book of Enoch, as "the prince of Israel."
      • St. Michael was the champion of the Jewish people, giving victory in war to his clients.
    • Islam 
      • In Arabic literature, Michael is called Mikha'il.
      • In the Qur'an, Michael is one of the four archangels (with Izrail, Israfil and Jibrail), and one of the two Angels named in Qur'an. (The other was Gabriel).
      • In Islamic tradition, Michael always appears as second to Gabriel. This is because when God was creating Adam, He sent Gabriel first to fetch the clay from which man was formed from, and then also sent Michael.

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