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angel - Angelology, Angels in the Tanakh, Jewish views, Christian views, Islamic views, Latter-Day Saint views

A celestial spirit, said to serve God in various capacities, such as acting as a messenger, or as a guardian of individuals. In traditional Christianity, angels were understood to have been created before the world. They feature prominently in Christian art, often depicted with a human body and wings. They are sometimes held to be objects of devotion.

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