Serafina, origin of and angels

Anna Skarzynska theania at
Wed Jan 24 16:57:43 EST 2001

Thanks for this lot.Most illuminating.

Gili wrote:
> 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...

Any idea why?

> 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
> 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".
I like that. Is that the origin of the name Malachy?

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