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Edited: 2/11/2013 3:41:49 PM
I took this straight from an old thread from the community forum, but now that we have #Dragons, I had to repost here to do my part to fill out the dragon tagged threads. ---- I thought I would share some insights on the name of one our our Destiny groups. It is hard to demonstrate Hebrew language and grammar when I cant actually type in Hebrew on B.net, but I will do my best. Most christian art depicts seraphim (that's more than one seraph) as a type of angel with wings, typically 6 of them. Why six wings? That comes from a description in Isaiah 6:2. However, there is nothing in Isaiah chapter 6, or elsewhere in the old testimant, that depicts seraphim as humanoid. In fact, the humanoid depiction of seraphim is a post-biblical phenomenon. If we look at biblical imagery surrounding seraphim, the base animal we come to is a snake / serpent. In Numbers 21:6, God sends hanchashim hasrafim (the seraph serpents) against the Israelites, who were complaining about the food in the wilderness. In Deuteronomy, Moses references the creatures a second time, using the indefinite singular nachash saraf (seraph serpent). To translate hanchashim hasraphim as "seraph serpents," which many do, is a cop-out. The root of saraf is sin-resh-fey, meaning to burn, especially to burn something completely to ash. So, hanchashim hasraphim can be translated as "the snakes that burn" or "the burning snakes." Now, remember that we know from Isaiah that seraphim have wings. That means that... seraph = serpent + has wings + can burn things Now lets see...what do we usually call a serpent that can fly and breath fire? oh right, DRAGONS! Still not convinced? In the Septuagint (that is the translation of the Torah into Greek), the word used for seraph is drakon, which is the word dragon is based on. TL;DR Seven Seraphs could reasonably involve dragons.

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