From Middle English angel, aungel, ængel, engel, from Anglo-Norman angele, angle and Old English ænġel, enġel, enċġel, from Proto-West Germanic *angil, borrowed from Latin angelus, itself from Ancient Greek ἄγγελος. The religious sense of the Greek word first appeared in the Septuagint as a translation of the Hebrew word מַלְאָךְ or יהוה מַלְאָךְ.
Use of the term in some churches to refer to a church official derives from interpreting the "angels" of the Seven churches of Asia in Revelation as being bishops or ministers rather than angelic beings.
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