• In the Bible, cherubim (which is the technical plural of "cherub" when referring to angels, as opposed to the happy naked babies in classic art, more often called "cherubs") are a special type of angel, a type that acts as transportation and/or honor guard to God. The figures of angels on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant were cherubim, as were the figures of angels in the Jewish Temple and on the Tent of Meeting. *** We don't have any extant ancient Jewish depictions, nor any clear description in the Bible, of the ancient Jewish cherub. However: an extremely similar word - a cognate - is found in Babylonian art, The Babylonian karibu (various spellings) is basically a winged sphinx (lion body, human head), and note that it, too, is used in Babylonian mythology and art as a supernatural guardian. * But though many scholars favor the winged sphinx theory, in fact many continue to dispute the (probable) appearance of the ancient Israelite cherubim.
  • The biblical descriptin is quoted here; "Cherubim are angelic winged beings with human, animal, or birdlike attributes who serve as throne bearers of God1. They are considered angels of the highest order, as they appear to be closest to the Throne of God2. They are also powerful protectors of sacred sites, such as the Garden of Eden3. In the Bible, they are described as having four faces, man, lion, ox, and eagle, four wings, human hands, and calf feet4. They are NOT the cute little winged children we see represented especially around Valentines day. There are also the Seraphim, which are another rank of angel. 2/27/24

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