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Angel of the Day

LANGUAGE OF ANGELS

Among the various religious traditions and during time periods in which angels have been regarded as significant celestial residents, there has often been speculation about the language angels use when speaking with one another. As one might anticipate, in traditional Judaism angels are said to speak Hebrew, in Islam they speak Arabic, and in medieval Catholicism it was speculated that angels spoke Latin.

Somewhat similar notions are found elsewhere. In southern Asia, for example, the primary script in which Sanskrit is written is called devanagari, which means city (nagar) of the gods or angels (devas).

Few passages in Scripture refer to the life of angels, although one passage does imply that angel are capable of communication. The Apostle Paul, in 1 Cor. 13:1, says, “I speak with the tongues of men and of angels.” Theologians such as St. Thomas Aquinas did not interpret this to mean verbal communication, but rather speculated that angels communicated by means of wordless telepathic intuition, called “illumination.”

Aquinas further postulated that among the orders of angels there is a distinct hierarchy of communication. Higher angels can enlighten lower angels, however the lower orders cannot reciprocate this enlightenment to their superiors. Lower angels can communication telepathically, but they convey only their wishes or desires. Also, according to the theologian, no angel can move the will of another. (See also Swedenborg, Emanuel)

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