Angels, aliens and genies with Dr. Tine Rassalle

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Today when we hear the word angel we might picture fluffy kids with wings. But is this really how angels are portrayed in the bible? Would what we think an angel is be wrong and what’s really described in the bible is extraterrestrial beings?

Our host Fredrik continues the mission to discover what is genuine, fake, and somewhere in between on the TV-show Ancient Aliens. In this episode we’re going to sort out what an angel is and if the bible really is the best evidence for extraterrestrial visitation. To help us out with this we are Dr. Tine Rassalle. Dr Rassalle is an expert in religious material culture with a focus toward early christianity and judaism.

You can find more of Tines work on her website, you can go and follow her on twitter too. If you want some extra reading you should look into her dissertation “ancient synagogue coins”.

CW: we mention sexual assault briefly while discussing the story of Lot from the Bible. The passage in question is Genesis 19:5.

Ancient Aliens spells Mal'ak the wrong way
Snippet from the episode where we see the show spelling Mal'ak in the wrong direction.

We cover in this episode:

Messengers of God?

The guardians

The wings of angels



Angels of Roswell

Sources, resources and further reading suggestions

Israeli Museum. (2019). The Dead Sea Scrolls | The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. [online] Available at:

Grudem W. (2017). Angels in the Bible: What Do We Actually Know About Them? [online] Available at:

Bement, C. (2019). Get to know ‘Ancient Aliens’ narrator Robert Clotworthy. [online] Nerd Alert News. Available at: [Accessed 2 May 2022].

Rassalle, T. (2021). Ancient Synagogue Coins. [online] Available at:

Michael David Coogan and Chapman, C.R. (2017). Old testament : a historical and literary introduction to the hebrew scriptures. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ehrman, B.D. (2020). The New Testament : a historical introduction to the early Christian writings. New York: Oxford University Press.


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