What Do Angels Look Like?

May 11, 2017May 11, 2017

Though the Renaissance cemented modern conceptions of angels as cute, winged babies, their appearance in the  Bible is completely different. 


Hebrews 1:14 defines them as spirit beings, but they appear as human men to Abraham in Genesis 18, to Joshua in Joshua 5:13, and to disciples of Jesus in Mark 16:5. There’s no record of them appearing as women.


The Bible also describes angels that are completely otherworldly, terrifying and wonderful. The cherubim in Ezekiel 10 have four wings and four faces:  “one face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.” The book of Revelation describes the angels called seraphim, who surround the throne of God, as having "six wings “ and being "covered with eyes all around.”

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