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Andrew,

Well that was a major shift in topic. I’ve never seen a shift that dramatic on your site before. What got into you?

With that said, I love this topic! After reading Unseen Realm I’ve been consumed with studying the DDS, the Pseudpigrapha (especially the book of Enoch) and other ANE texts. I have to ask. Are your reading or maybe just finished Heiser’s book Unseen Realm? If not, you should get it. It’s this topic and related topic on steroids. Heiser is one of today leading scholars on the literature list above. He has researched this topic for 17 years prior to writing his book.

If you haven’t read the book you can find additional information that he didn’t put in the book:

http://tinyurl.com/yacrct36

Much of what you’ll find of that site is a lot of his (and other scholars) papers on various topics (by chapter) that are just too scholarly for the book’s intend audience and to save space. For example, chapter 3 of the book deals with Psalm 82 and the subject of the plurality of gods. Some really great papers which can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/ycqcwfcm

A first quick read of your post here, nothing jumped out at me that differs from Heiser, but I’ll give it a more thorough reading when I get a chance. Glad you started a discussion on this topic.

-Rich