Serafina, origin of and angels
abhillel at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 22 22:18:02 EST 2001
>Please tell us more about names for angels - Greek "angelos" means simply
>messenger, but what are the meanings of the various biblical names? I can
>think of seraphim, cherubim and... er... can't remember. But isn't there
>supposed to be a whole hierarchy of angels?
I don't know about the heirarchy... here are the ones I remember:
cherubim - in modern Hebrew this would be pronounced "kruvim". Then again,
in modern Hebrew the word is more commonly used to denote cabbages...
seraphim - comes from the same root as "burn".
ophanim - comes from the same root as "cog" or "wheel", I think it implies
that they are a motivating force? The modern Hebrew word for bicycle is
"ophanaim". "Ophanim" is what Anne Rice has on the vanity-plate of her Rolls
Royce - I thought it was meant to be a joke, calling her Rolls Royce a
bicycle, but turns out she meant for it to mean "angels".
And the most common word, basically the only word still used in modern
Hebrew to denote angels is "malachim" - literally, "messengers".
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