Cherubs: Chubby Babies, or Horrible Mutants?

According to millions of collector plates, cherubs are chubby babies just waiting to hug the first thing they see. But, according to the Bible, they are weird winged chimera with flaming swords used as guards for the tree of life.

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Gen 3:24)

The next mention of cherubim is the use of carved wooden ones covered with gold made to act as “guards” for the ark of the covenant.

In Psalms 18, David saw Yahweh come out of the sky riding a cherub and looking very much like a holy incense burner.

In my distress I called upon Jehovah, And cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry before him came into his ears.

Then the earth shook and trembled; The foundations also of the mountains quaked And were shaken, because he was wroth.

There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, And fire out of his mouth devoured: Coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under his feet.  And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly (Psalms 18:9-11)

And in Ezekiel 10, what I would call one of the stranger biblical books, Ezekiel spies on Yahweh sitting on the blue “stone” of the sky, cherubs hovering below it. This is the popular UFO section of the bible. Well, one of them.

Then I looked, and behold, in the firmament that was over the head of the cherubim there appeared above them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.

And he spake unto the man clothed in linen, and said, Go in between the whirling wheels, even under the cherub, and fill both thy hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.

Now the cherubim stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court. (Ezekiel 10: 1-3)

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This is what Christians think cherubs are.

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This is what Biblical scholars say cherubs are.

I think all this stuff is fun, but I also think most mythology is fun. Particularly Greek and Norse mythology.But, how anyone can read this and believe it’s literal is beyond me. Oh, that’s right … Christians don’t read their bibles, they just carry them around attempting to learn from osmosis.

So, where did the chubby babies come from?

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4 Comments on “Cherubs: Chubby Babies, or Horrible Mutants?”

  1. sunnyskeptic Says:

    “So, where did the chubby babies come from?”
    -Nadia Suleman. 🙂

  2. L. Says:

    As to the info above I think a correction should be made to pic above as this is a Assyrian or Babylonian historical representation not a ‘biblical view’.

    I read my Bible and I view the angels as they are actually described in the Bible.

    I did some research and the fat babies come from ‘Putto’ or Putti’ paintings. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putto


    • Good find on the Putti. They do seem to be confused with the cherubs.

      The carving pictured up above is from ancient Assyria. The Assyrian term for them would be “karabu”, and it is believed by some scholars that the creatures originated there and were passed into Hebrew lore during the Assyrian captivity (850 to 627 BCE). The descriptions of them being used as guardians seem to match up, and the Bible, particularly the Garden of Eden story, has them depicted as guardians. There are similar creatures found throughout ancient Mesopotamia and Summaria so they appeared to be very popular (probably because they’re so cool. I need to find on for my garden).

      The recently discovered “Megiddo Ivories” (the city of Megiddo is also known as Armageddon in the Bible) contains ivory carvings of a king being carried on this throne by these winged creature (looking like the Assyrian statue pictured in the post) and baring a striking similarity to the description of Yahweh’s throne in the book of Ezekiel. Very interesting.


  3. […] the light of the modern world’s inability to find the Garden of Eden, the Nephilim,  Giants, Cherubim, and other wacky stuff, one might start to wonder if there is somewhere else to look. Somewhere […]


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