Cover Art by Mundo Urbano (Bruno Lopes). An angel is a supernatural being in various religions. The theological study of angels is known as angelology. The word angel arrives in modern English from Old English engel (with a hard g) and the Old French angele. Both of these derive from Late Latin angelus (literally "messenger"), which in turn was borrowed from Late Greek ἄγγελος, Angelos. Τhe word's earliest form is Mycenaean a-ke-ro, attested in Linear B syllabic script. Additionally, per Dutch linguist, R. S. P. Beekes, ángelos itself may be "an Oriental loan, like ἄγγαρος (ángaros, 'Persian mounted courier')." The rendering of "ángelos" is the Septuagint's default translation of the Biblical Hebrew term malʼākh, denoting simply "messenger" without connoting its nature. In the Latin Vulgate, this meaning becomes bifurcated: when malʼākh or ángelos is supposed to denote a human messenger, words like nuntius or legatus are applied.
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