Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson lead an all-star cast in an epic movie event directed Mike Nichols and screenplay by Tony Kushner based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play: Angels in America.

Angels in America - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2003-12-07

Angels in America - Angel - Netflix

An angel is generally a supernatural being found in various religions and mythologies. In Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heaven and Humanity. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks. Within Abrahamic religions, angels are often organized into hierarchies, although such rankings may vary between sects in each religion, and are given specific names or titles, such as Gabriel or “Destroying angel”. The term “angel” has also been expanded to various notions of spirits or figures found in other religious traditions. The theological study of angels is known as “angelology”. Angels who were expelled from Heaven are referred to as fallen angels. In fine art, angels are usually depicted as having the shape of human beings of extraordinary beauty; they are often identified using the symbols of bird wings, halos, and light.

Angels in America - Etymology - Netflix

The word angel in English is a blend of Old English engel (with a hard g) and Old French angele. Both derive from Late Latin angelus “messenger”, which in turn was borrowed from Late Greek ἄγγελος aggelos, commonly transliterated by non-Greek speakers in its phonetic form ángelos. According to R. S. P. Beekes, ángelos itself may be “an Oriental loan, like ἄγγαρος [ángaros, 'Persian mounted courier'].” The word's earliest form is Mycenaean a-ke-ro, attested in Linear B syllabic script. The ángelos is the Septuagint's default translation of the Biblical Hebrew term mal’ākh, denoting simply “messenger” without specifying its nature. In the Latin Vulgate, the meaning becomes bifurcated: when mal’ākh or ángelos is supposed to denote a human messenger, words like nuntius or legatus are applied. If the word refers to some supernatural being, the word angelus appears. Such differentiation has been taken over by later vernacular translations of the Bible, early Christian and Jewish exegetes and eventually modern scholars.

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