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The figures or cherubim seen in Ezekiel’s vision (Ezek 1:18, 10:2–7), also mentioned in the New Testament as residents of God’s throne room (Rev 4:5–9); they seem to be different in some way from angels (Rev 15:7).
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Creature, Living [Heb. usually ḥayyâ or nep̱eš ḥayyâ; Gk. zṓon, also ktísma (Rev. 8:9)]; AV also THING LIVING, BEAST; NEB also LIVING THING, CREATURE. Heb. ḥayyâ is a feminine adjective based on the root ḥyh, “to live.” These Hebrew and Greek terms denote water or land animals and celestial
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Living creatures—as represented by Ezekiel (1–10) and John (Rev. 4, etc.), are the cherubim. They are distinguished from angels (Rev. 15:7); they join the elders in the “new song” (5:8, 9); they warn of danger from divine justice (Isa. 6:3–5), and deliver the commission to those who execute it (Ezek.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
LIVING CREATURES — heavenly beings mentioned in the visions of the prophet Ezekiel and the apostle John. In Ezekiel’s vision (Ezek. 1:1–28) these creatures had four faces (man, lion, ox, and eagle) and four wings. Later in his book (Ezekiel 10), the prophet identified the four living creatures as Cherubim.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CREATURE, LIVING([חַיָּה, chayyah]; [ζω̂ον, zoon]): “Living creature” (chayyah) is the designation of each of the composite figures in Ezekiel’s visions (Ezekiel 1:5, 13 ff; 3:13; 10:15, 17, 20) and, the Revised Version (British and American), of the similar beings in the visions of the Apocalypse,
LIVING CREATURE<liv’-ing kre’-tur>:1. (חַיָּה ֫178ָנפֶשׁ[nephesh chayyah], or הַחַיָּה ֫178ָנפֶשׁ[nephesh hachayyah] ([nephesh], “breath” or “living things”; [chayyah], “living”; compare Arabic nefs, “breath,” chaiy, “living”)): In the account of the creation this term is used of aquatic
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Living Beings, Living Creatures
LIVING BEINGS, LIVING CREATURES Characters in Ezekiel’s first vision (Ezek. 1:5, 13–15, 19–20, 22; 3:13; 10:15, 17, 20). The creatures are later identified as cherubim (10:20). There were four creatures, each having a human form but with four faces. Perhaps the best interpretation views the creatures
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times
Four Living Creatures
Four Living CreaturesIn the heavenly throne scene in Revelation 4–5, joining the twenty-four elders around the throne of God are the “four living creatures” (Rev. 4:6–9; 5:6–14; also 6:1–7; 7:11; 14:3; 15:7; 19:4). The description of the creatures is certainly unusual:Also before the throne there was