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Gabriel (archangel)
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Gabriel (archangel)

According to Abrahamic religion, Gabriel (גבריאל, Standard Hebrew Gavriʾel, Tiberian Hebrew GaḇrÓʾēl) is an archangel who serves as a messenger from God. The name Gabriel can mean "man of God", "God has shown himself mighty", or "Hero of God." In Roman Catholic belief he is St. Gabriel the Archangel and is sometimes referred to as just Saint Gabriel.

He is sometimes associated with the color Blue, the direction East, or the element Water.

Table of contents
1 Gabriel in the Bible
2 Gabriel in Christianity
3 Gabriel in Islam

Gabriel in the Bible

He appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Enoch. In the Gospel of Luke, Gabriel visits Zacharias and Mary, the mother of Jesus, to announce the imminent birth of their children, one of which would be Jesus. Gabriel plays a prominent role in the book of Revelation.

Gabriel is most frequently confused with Michael, the angel who holds a sword and guards the gates of Eden (later heaven) against Adam, Eve, and their descendants. Gabriel's horse is named Haizum.

Gabriel in Christianity

In the New Testament, Gabriel is often believed to be the angel who revealed that John the Baptist was to be born to Elizabeth and the angel who revealed that Jesus Christ was to be born to Mary. He is most noted in the Book of Revelation (formerly known as the Apocalypse of John) as the angel who will blow the horn announcing Judgement Day. To Catholics, he is St. Gabriel the Archangel, the patron saint of communications workers. His feast day is September 29th.

In LDS belief, Gabriel lived a mortal life as the patriarch Noah. Gabriel and Noah are regarded as the same person, but Gabriel alone is regarded as the immortal resurrected being (angel).

Gabriel in Islam

Jibreel (sometimes written Jabril) is Arabic for Gabriel, who is also considered archangel in much Jewish and Christian angelology. According to Islam, Jabril is the angel who revealed the Qur'an to Mohammed.