A seraphim (singular “seraph”) refers to a type of celestial or angelic being in various religious traditions, most notably in Judaism and Christianity. Seraphim are described in the Bible as the highest order of angels and are closely associated with the presence of God.

The most detailed description of seraphim comes from the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. In Isaiah 6:1-7, seraphim are depicted as standing above the throne of God.

Each seraph has six wings:

  • with two wings they cover their faces,
  • with two they cover their feet,
  • and with two they fly.

These beings are intensely luminous and fiery — the word “seraph” itself can be translated from Hebrew as “burning” or “fiery.” The seraphim are involved in worship and praise of God, continuously proclaiming His glory by saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.”

In Christian theology, seraphim hold a high rank in the hierarchy of angels and are often associated with purity, light, and fire, reflecting their role in worshiping God and their nature as beings of intense holiness and light. Their portrayal in art and literature often emphasizes these aspects, depicting them as radiant and powerful angels.

Yaldabaoth has many faces.
            More than all that have been listed
            So he can convey any face he wants to the seraphim around him.

Apocryphon of John

And again, when Adam was by the gate of the garden, and saw the cherub with a sword of flashing fire in his hand, and the cherub grew angry and frowned at him, both Adam and Eve became afraid of him, and thought he meant to put them to death. So they fell on their faces, trembled with fear.

The first book of Adam and Eve link

For five hundred years Eblis sought admission, but the angel Ridhwan warned him off with his flaming sword.

The fall of man
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