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Divine Messengers
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[German Version]

Divine messages may be imparted to human beings in a non-personal way (e.g. through omens, dreams) or through (semi-)divine beings or angels. Divine messengers are “religious border crossers” for they can cross the boundaries between the terrestrial-human and the extraterrestrial-divine cosmos; in this respect, angels in Judaism, Christianty and Islam also rank functionally among the divine messengers. Hermes is one of the best-known messengers of the gods. In the Greek epic, he is sent by Zeus to hum…

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Hutter, Manfred, “Divine Messengers”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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