2016-08-05
Major faiths such as Christianity, Judaism, Kabbalah, Islam, and Zoroastrianism have their own versions of an angel hierarchy. <br /><br />While no one knows for sure if there is an angel hierarchy or how it's composed, there are some similarities and some unique differences between the faiths.&nbsp; Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the angel hierarchy.
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How many orders are there in the hierarchy of angels?

Even though Catholic and Protestant Christians have different views on the angel hierarchy, the Catholic view of the angel hierarchy is the most widely accepted. According to this hierarchy, angels are divided into three spheres or major tiers. Within each sphere, the angels are subdivided into three more orders or choirs of angels. The first sphere includes the orders: seraphim, cherubim, and thrones. The second sphere includes the orders: dominions, virtues, and powers. The third sphere includes the orders: principalities, archangels, and angels. In total, there are nine orders of angels.
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Who was the writer credited with creating the Christian angel hierarchy?

Scholars widely accept an anonymous theologian and philospher named Pseudo-Dionysus the Areopagite as the originator of the angel hierarchy. He is credited with writing the book "The Celestial Hierarchy" during the 5th century. Originally, many believed him to be Dionysus the Areopagite, a convert to Christianity described by the apostle Paul in the Book of Acts, but since there is no historical proof, he is commonly known as Pseudo-Dionysus.
3

Which order of angels surround the throne and live in the presence of God?

The Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible has the earliest mention of seraphim. In chapter 6, verses 1-2, the prophet Isaiah describes a vision: "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs...." Since seraphim are the highest order of angels, it is commonly believed that seraphim are caretakers and guardians of the Lord.
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In the Hebrew Bible, the prophet Isaiah has a vision of seraphim. How many wings did the seraphim have?

The Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible has the only description of seraphim. In chapter 6, verse 2, the prophet Isaiah describes a vision: "Above him [the Lord] were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying."
5

In the Christian angel hierarchy, cherubim are described as having four different types of faces. What are the four types?

The Book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible has a description of cherubim. Chapter 1 offers detailed descriptions of the cherubim, but only verse 10 offers a specific description of the four faces: "Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. "
6

Which order of angels act as guardians preventing humans from returning to the Garden of Eden?

In the Book of Genesis, when Adam and Eve are driven out of Eden, cherubim are placed at the entrance. Chapter 3 verse 24 says: "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."
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According to the Islam angel hierarchy, which two angels have the responsibility of testing the dead to determine their faith?

In Islam, Munkar and Nakir are believed to be the angels who ask three questions to souls in their graves: "Who is your Lord? Who is your Prophet? What is your religion?" The souls that answer correctly will be at peace until Judgment Day.
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What is the other name Powers are referred to within the angel hierarchy?

The Greek word "exousies" translates as "authorities," another word for "powers."
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Which two types of angels in the Jewish hierarchy can also be found in the Christian hierarchy?

There are ten ranks in the Jewish angel hierarchy. Seraphim are ranked #5 and cherubim are ranked #9. Seraphim and cherubim are also found in the first tier of the Christian angel hierarchy. Thrones are also known as Ophanim, which are ranked #2 in the Jewish angel hierarchy.
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Which famous writer mentioned the angel hierarchy in his book?

In "The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri, the Christian angel hierarchy is listed in Canto XXVIII, lines 94-139.
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