Statesboro, GA, USA
Sorry, but I didn't understand the actual meaning of the answer you gave in #1 above. I wasn't sure exactly what prompted your, "No," being unable to untangle what came before.
I was actually answering my own question which was a rephrasing Essorant's question "How Legitimate is Satan?". My question was "Is Satan merely an artful myth, as opposed to an ontologically real and conscious individual at work in the world, or not?" (The opposite of my answer seems to be the assertion of the author of the book Essorant provided a link for).
Perhaps a grammatically awkward sentence. Sorry.
I believe the Torah and the early books of the bible in general are nervous about angels in general. The modern
sentimentality wasn't, I believe, shared back then when, if I remember correctly, angels were considered creatures of unpredictable appetites and prone to lusts and rages. Some of the rules of hospitality, I'm told, came into being because strangers may in fact be angels of the Lord. This was also part of the reasoning for covering the hair of women, lest it provoke the Lusts of Angels.
I would say that most of the really strange stuff associated with beliefs about angels comes from Rabbinic traditions and writings outside of the Old Testament. The reference to "Sons of God" seeking "Daughters of Men" in the book of Job is ambiguous and not likely to refer to angelic beings, but to earthy dignitaries. (I know there are different views on this) And the New Testament reference about angels and head coverings is even more ambiguous, and explanations equally speculative. I think most scholars have agreed that there are no extraneous texts that would even begin to shed light on what Paul meant here. (Much is clear in scripture, but the two examples you mentioned are very opaque) I personally think the thrust of the passage has to do with issues surrounding submission and authority, which would be of great interest to angelic beings whose primary occupation seems to be somewhat akin to military service and servanthood. And there is that story about the great rebellion ...
You are very kind.
The feeling is very much mutual.