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WHAT ARE CHERUBIM AND SERAPHIM? 
Cherubim and seraphim are two types of angelic creatures, mysterious beings that are neither human or divine. Cherubim, which are frequently depicted in medieval art as chubby little babies, are sometimes mentioned in the Bible as fierce guardians.  In Genesis, for example, the Lord God placed cherubim using a large flaming sword on the east side of Eden to guard the path to the Tree of Life after the Lord had expelled Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden.  Not much like babies after all! Seraphim are winged creatures who, among other things, sing perpetual praise to God. For example, the prophet Isaiah noted, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.  Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  And one called to another and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory’”  (Isaiah 6:1-3, New Revised Standard Version)    

WAS THE TOWER OF BABEL ACTUALLY A BABYLONIAN ZIGGURAT? 
The Tower of Babel, the writer of Genesis tells us, was constructed in the land of Shinar.  Its creators hoped to make a name for themselves by building a great tower with its top in the heavens.  This idea didn’t sit well with God, who scattered abroad those involved and created multiple languages in an attempt to keep people confused. But what exactly was the tower itself?  Experts believe it was a ziggurat, a large, pyramid-like structure that played an important role throughout Mesopotamian civilization.  Ancient texts reveal that Ziggurats were commonly dedicated to a city’s patron god or goddess, but their exact function remains a mystery. Some experts believe that early on the structures were tombs of kings or gods or were towering altars erected to protect local citizens against natural disasters and thieves. More recently, scholars have theorized that ziggurats were built to serve as the doorway through which the local god or goddess passed to the earthly plane.  This is suggested by their names, such as the ziggurat at Larsa, which was known as “The Temple That Links Heaven and Earth.”  If true, this may also help explain why the Tower of Babel offended God, for it attempted to bring human beings to the level of the Lord.

 
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