Bloomsbury Publishing The Archangel Michael in Africa History with Appendix by David Tibet

Later this year, the UK’s Bloomsbury Academic Publishing will issue The Archangel Michael in Africa History, Cult and Persona edited by. Ingvild Saelid Gilhus, Alexandros Tsakos, and Marta Camilla Wright. It’ll feature appendix written by OTO Cabinet member David Tibet, titled “Some Thoughts on How I Came to Michael, Or How He Came to Me” by David Tibet (Independent Researcher). The publisher’s site states:

“This book takes an interdisciplinary approach in order to understand angels, focusing on Africa and the cult and persona of the Archangel Michael. Traditional methods in the study of religion including philology, papyrology, art and iconography, anthropology, history, and psychology are combined with methodologies deriving from memory studies, graphic design, art education, and semiotics.

“Chapters explore both historical and contemporary case studies from Coptic Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, and South Africa, providing a comparative perspective on the Archangel Michael. The book contains 25 images, and further images can be found on the book’s webpage.

“nnovative in both its methodologies and geographical focus, this book is an important contribution to the study of religion and art, Christianity in Africa, and Coptic studies.”

Here’s a listing of contents:

Part One: On Angels and Michael in Africa
1. The Archangel Michael in Africa: The African Context, Alexandros Tsakos (University of Bergen, Norway)
2. On the Category of Angels, Ingvild Sælid Gilhus (University of Bergen, Norway)
3. Michael: Persona and Cult Among African Christians, Marta Camilla Wright (University of Bergen, Norway)
Part Two: The Archangel Michael in Coptic Egypt
Introduction: Christian Egypt, Ingvild Sælid Gilhus (University of Bergen, Norway)
4. The Archangel Michael as Psychopomp in Christian Iconography in Egypt, Karel Innemée (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
5On the Liturgical Memories of the Archangel Michael in the Coptic Church and their Link with the Nile’s Rise: Some Reflections, Pietro D’Agostino (Paris-Sorbonne University, France)
6. Textual Fluidity and Monastic Fanfiction: the Case of the Investiture of the Archangel Michael in Coptic Egypt, Hugo Lundhaug (University of Oslo, Norway)
Part Three: The Archangel Michael in Christian Nubia
Introduction: Christian Nubia, Alexandros Tsakos (University of Bergen, Norway)
7. Representations of the Archangel Michael in Wall Paintings from Medieval Nubia, Dobrochna Zielinska (University of Warsaw, Poland) and Alexandros Tsakos (University of Bergen, Norway)
8. The Position of the Archangel Michael within the Celestial Hierarchy: Some Aspects of the Manifestation of his Cult in Nubian Painting, Magdalena Laptas(Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland)
Part Four: The Archangel Michael in Christian Ethiopia
Introduction: Christian Ethiopia, Marta Camilla Wright (University of Bergen, Norway)
9. Relationships with the Archangel Michael: Materiality and Healing Among Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in Contemporary Addis Ababa, Marta Camilla Wright (University of Bergen, Norway)
10. The Archangel Michael: An Everyday Popular Saint in Ethiopia, Dan Levene(University of Southampton, UK)
Part Five: The Archangel Michael in South Africa
Introduction: South Africa, Lize Kriel (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
11. “Branded” St. Michael: A View from Pretoria on the Archangel’s Position in South African Consumer Culture, Lize Kriel (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
12. The Presence and Absence of the Archangel Michael in South Africa, Deléne Human(University of Pretoria, South Africa)
13. The Archangel Michael in Limpopo: The Sculptor Jackson Hlungwani and the Angel-Star of the Ngoma Lungundu Epic, Raita Steyn (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

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