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cherub

(chĕr`əb), plural cherubim, kind of angelangel
, [Gr.,=messenger], bodiless, immortal spirit, limited in knowledge and power, accepted in the traditional belief of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and other religions. Angels appear frequently in the Bible, often in critical roles, e.g., visiting Abraham and Lot (Gen.
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. Cherubim were probably thought of in the ancient Middle East as composite creatures like the winged creatures of Assyria. In Jewish tradition, they are described (Ezek. 10) as having four faces and four wings and also as beautiful young men; but late Christian art made plump children of them, as in Raphael's Sistine Madonna. With the seraphim (see seraphseraph
, plural seraphim
, supernatural being. The name seems to derive from the Hebrew word "to burn." According to the Book of Isaiah, seraphim have six wings. Scholars have suggested that seraphim were winged serpents.
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) they are said to be in the very presence of God. The color surrounding them is traditionally blue.

cherub

celestial being symbolizing dignity, glory, and honor. [Heraldry: Halberts, 23]
See: Dignity

cherub

Theol a member of the second order of angels, whose distinctive gift is knowledge, often represented as a winged child or winged head of a child
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The winged genies, bulls, lions, human-headed bulls or bird-headed humans, namely kuribu and kerub, were gradually freed from their associations to Biblical cherubims.
paradise of pleasure Cherubims, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
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The cherubim were mighty in strength, power and knowledge, and they accompanied the terrifying God of the Old Testament at his most wrathful and dangerous.
Between God and man there was room for rank after rank of angels, the heavenly hosts, consisting of archangels, angels, seraphim and cherubim to which were later added those mentioned by Paul in his Epistles to the Colossians, thrones, dominions, principalities and powers.
From this Dionysus, writing in the early fifth century, derived nine orders of angels, the seraphim and cherubim in the first circle, virtues, powers and principalities in the second, archangels and angels in the third.