There are other sections in the Book of Genesis
which may be pertinent to our survey of St Michael…
… ‘Left alone at night, Jacob was attacked by an unseen presence
which wrestled with him until day-break, whereupon his adversary cried,
“Desist, for the dawn is here!”
“Are you then a bandit, that you fear the dawn?” asked Jacob.
“At this time, we angels must sing dawn’s praises!”
“I will not desist until you bless me,” said Jacob.
“What is your name?” asked the angel and when Jacob answered, he continued,
“From this time on you shall be called Israel, for you have struggled
against me without succumbing and fire should guard fire.”‘
Candidates for Jacob’s adversary include Michael, Gabriel and Samael,
although Gabriel’s water associations might count against him.
Traditionally, Michael is associated with fire, but it is not
altogether clear why, unless he was…
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