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THE CHERUBIM: These angels have often been associated with the Putti (fat little winged babies) adorning Trecento's paintings or the frescoes of the Florentine Renaissance-- a shocking way to represent the second most powerful class of angels known to man! The Keroubim are not cute little beings; they are the ones who guard the Tree of Life and prevent us from returning to the Garden of Eden. "After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Edencherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life." A far cry from the Putti!

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