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SWORD, FLAMING

Symbol of the angel referred to as one of the Cherubim who were sent to Eden to guard "the way to the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24) after the expulsion of Adam and Eve. Only in apocryphal writing and sometimes in art is this angel given the name of Jophiel.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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