A Gathering of Angels: Angels in Jewish Life and Literature looks at Jewish history in a unique way-through the eyes of angels. A rabbi and a scholar, Morris B. Margolies pores through nearly three thousand years of literature and lore in an enlightening exploration of the angels, who shape and reflect Jewish beliefs, hopes, and fears. This unique gathering encompasses angels from familiar biblical tales such as the angels on Jacob's ladder, Elijah the prophet-angel, and Satan, the most famous fallen angel-as well as angels from more esoteric texts and sources like the mystical classic Zohar, hasidic tales, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. An engaging compendium of angelic lore, A Gathering of Angels is also a memorable study of the evolving role of angels-from Biblical times to the present, from messenger of God to metaphor for good and evil.
Morris B. Margolies is Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Shalom Congregation of Kansas City, Missouri, and a former professor of Jewish history at the University of Kansas. He was ordained by Yeshiva University, has a master's degree from the University of Chicago, and also holds a doctorate in Jewish History from Columbia University. Rabbi Margolies is the author of numerous books, including Torah Vision, Ten Turning Points in Jewish History, The Jew of the Century, Syllabus for the Teaching of Jewish History, and the reissued A Gathering of Angels. He has also contributed both scholarly and popular articles to many periodicals. His major scholarly work is Samuel David Luzzatto, which was published in 1979. He was the last of the pupils of the preeminent Jewish historian, Salo W. Baron, to defend his doctoral dissertation with Baron presiding. Rabbi Margolies and his wife, Ruth, reside in Leawood, Kansas. They are the parents of Daniel, Jonathan, and Malka, and have five grandchildren.