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seraph

(sĕr`əf), plural

seraphim

(–ĭm), 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. In Numbers, the word "seraph" denotes a "fiery" (i.e. poisonous) serpent. Like cherubim, seraphim are associated with the glory of God, as in the liturgy. See also cherubcherub
, plural cherubim, kind of angel. 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.
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Seraph

A celestial being or angel of the highest degree, usually represented with six wings.

Seraph

 

in Judaic and Christian mythology, one of the higher orders of angels.

seraph

1. Theol a member of the highest order of angels in the celestial hierarchies, often depicted as the winged head of a child
2. Old Testament one of the fiery six-winged beings attendant upon Jehovah in Isaiah's vision (Isaiah 6)
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