cherubim


cherubim
Winged creatures (‘cherubim’ is the Hebrew plural of ‘cherub’) which were frequently represented in the art of ancient Assyria. Two may be seen in the British Museum in London. They are not human and are very different from the domesticated, if ethereal, cherubim associated with deity in Western art.
In the OT cherubim are described as being golden figures with a single face (Exod. 25:18) on the mercy seat on the top of the Ark [[➝ ark]] of the Covenant, but in Ezekiel's vision (Ezek. 10:21) they are given four faces. Clearly the cherubim are regarded as unnatural creatures in the OT and the descriptions are inspired by the representations of their Near Eastern neighbours.
In the NT cherubim are probably to be identified with the four living creatures, with six wings apiece, of Rev. 4:8 who worship God without ceasing, and as such are met in Christian hymns, where with the seraphim they give glory to the Holy Trinity.

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  • Cherubim — • Angelic beings or symbolic representations thereof, mentioned frequently in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Cherubim     Cherubim …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Cherubim — Cher u*bim, n. The Hebrew plural of {Cherub}.. Cf. {Seraphim}. [1913 Webster] Note: Cherubims, in the King James version of the bible, is an incorrect form, made by adding the English plural termination to the Hebrew plural cherubim instead of to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cherubim — ist die Mehrzahl von Cherub und der Name von Reinhard Cherubim (1906–1980), deutscher Schachspieler Siehe auch: Cherubini Cherub (Begriffsklärung) Diese S …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cherubim — Cherub Cher ub, n.; pl. {Cherubs}; but the Hebrew plural {Cherubim}is also used. [Heb. ker[=u]b.] 1. A mysterious composite being, the winged footstool and chariot of the Almighty, described in Ezekiel i. and x. [1913 Webster] I knew that they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cherubim — Order of winged angels attending God and next below the *sera phim, who were the highest order. The word is the plural of the Hebrew cherub …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Cherubim — auf den Engelnamen zurückgehende Familiennamen …   Wörterbuch der deutschen familiennamen

  • CHERUBIM —    1) an order of angelic beings conceived of as accompanying the manifestations of Jehovah, supporting His throne and protecting His glory, guarding it from profane intrusion; winged effigies of them overshadowed the MERCY SEAT (q.v.).    2) a… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • cherubim — cher·ub || tʃerÉ™b n. angel; beautiful and innocent child …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cherubim — cher·u·bim …   English syllables

  • cherubim —  Херувим …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов


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