Bible Question:

Are there any people in the Bible that were half man and half eagle?

Bible Answer:

Were there any people in the Bible who were half man and eagle? The answer is no! There were no people in the Bible who were half man and half eagle. But there is a special order of angels called Cherubim who look like man, lion, bull (cherub) and an eagle (Ezekiel 1:4-14; 10:15-20), who look like a man and an eagle. These are unusual angels. Their description is awesome.

As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies. And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went. As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning. Ezekiel 1:10-14 (NASB)

Another reference to cherubim occurs in Ezekiel 10:9-14.

And I looked, and behold, there were four wheels beside the cherubim, one beside each cherub, and the appearance of the wheels was like sparkling beryl. And as for their appearance, the four had the same likeness, as if a wheel were within a wheel. When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went, but in whatever direction the front wheel faced, the others followed without turning as they went. And their whole body, their rims, and their spokes, their wings, and the wheels were full of eyes all around—the wheels that the four of them had. As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing “the whirling wheels.” And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, and the second face was a human face, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. Ezekiel 10:9-14 (NASB)

Revelation 4:5-9 describes four living beings which are before the throne of God who look like a man, lion, calf and an eagle. Since these angels are always before the throne and have six wings, it is unlikely that they are cherubim. Cherubim appear throughout the Bible in places other than before the throne. For example, cherubim appear in Genesis 3:24. Satan is a cherub (Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:13-14).


The study “Angels – Good and Evil” provides more information about the angels that God has created. Cherubim are the only known angels who appear as four different creatures. Scripture does not tell us that God has created anything that is half man and half eagle. God does not always tell us everything we want to know. But He does tell us what we need to know to have our sins forgiven. Discover how to have your sins forgiven by visiting Searching For God.

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