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- This page concerns the class of angels in the Christian tradition; for other meanings see Throne (disambiguation).
The Thrones (Ancient Greek: θρόνος, pl. θρόνοι; Latin: thronus, pl. throni) are a class of celestial beings mentioned by Paul the Apostle in Colossians 1:16. According to the New Testament, these high celestial beings are among those Orders at the Christ's service.
According to Matthew Bunson, the corresponding order of angels in Judaism is called the abalim or "arelim/erelim, but this opinion is far from unrivaled. The Hebrew word erelim is usually not translated "Thrones", but rather "valiant ones", "heroes", "warriors". The function ascribed to erelim in Isaiah 33:7 and in Jewish folklore is not consonant with the lore surrounding the Thrones.
The Ophanim (Wheels or Galgallin) is a class of celestial beings, in many Christian angelic hierarchies, that are also known as the "Thrones", from Daniel 7:9. They are the carriers of the Throne of God, hence the name. They are said to be great wheels covered in eyes.
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- Bunson, Matthew. Angels A to Z. New York:Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1996. ISBN 0-517-88537-9.
- Gulley, Rosemary Ellen (1996). Encyclopedia of Angels. ISBN 0-8160-2988-1