Daniel 10:6

Hebrew Bible

5 I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen; around his waist was a belt made of gold from Ufaz. 6 His body resembled yellow jasper, and his face had an appearance like lightning. His eyes were like blazing torches; his arms and feet had the gleam of polished bronze. His voice thundered forth like the sound of a large crowd. 7 Only I, Daniel, saw the vision; the men who were with me did not see it. On the contrary, they were overcome with fright and ran away to hide.

Joseph and Aseneth 14:9


7 And the man said, "I am the commander of the Lord's house and chief captain of all the host of the Most High: stand up, and I will speak to you." 8 And she looked up and saw a man like Joseph in every respect, with a robe and a crown and a royal staff. 9 But his face was like lightning, and his eyes were like the light of the sun, and the hairs of his head like flames of fire, and his hands and feet like iron from the fire. 10 And Aseneth looked at him, and she fell on her face at his feet in great fear and trembling.

 Notes and References

"... In the Pseudepigrapha the figure of a chief angel, who possessed at least part of God's glory, became of great importance in the period leading up to the advent of Christianity. Whilst the status of Joseph in Joseph and Aseneth, or the Logos in Philo’s work, is still unclear, probably deliberately so, the chief angels in the Pseudepigrapha are clearly angelic and clearly vice-regents of God. There are three texts worth examining in this context ... In Joseph and Aseneth we meet an unnamed figure; according to Burchard this is Michael. This angel is like a man, but his face is like lightning and eyes like sunshine, his hair is like fire, his hands and feet shoot forth sparks and are like iron shining forth from fire (like the molten bronze in Apocalypse of Zephaniah) (14:9-10). He also carries a staff like the angel Yahoel in the Apocalypse of Abraham (14:9). The unnamed angel is described as 'chief of the house of the Lord and commander of the whole host of the Most High' (14:8) ..."

Ricklefs, Norman An Angelic Community: The Significance of Beliefs about Angels in the First Four Centuries of Christianity (pp. 105-106) Macquarie University, 2002

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