Angel Names [was: To Reign in Hell]

FelixEisen at aol.com FelixEisen at aol.com
Tue Jun 18 07:16:41 PDT 2002

Starshadw at aol.com writes:
> Be wary, though, of making generalizations.  Angels were named BEFORE the 
>  Fall, so some of the Fallen do have the -iel suffix:
> <Clipped names>
>  And, many of the archangels (the "heavy hitters" not the order of the 
>  archangels) don't have the -iel suffix:

Methinks the lady mischecks her information.  It is not '-iel' that one 
should pay attention to, but '-el' -- as in the first part of 'Elohim', one 
of the (many) names for the Hebrew god.  The suffix '-el' roughly means 'god' 
-- Ariel, 'Lion of God', or Michael, 'He who is like God'.  I expect that, if 
you hit the Hebrew name stuff, you'll find fine translations for all of 

I wonder, though -- if Steve had known the meaning of 'Ariel', would he have 
made said character in TRiH (still one of my top 5 of all time) a lion, or 
kept him as he was?

Felix Eisen
aka Scott Crain