30 Facts About Gabriel


Alongside the archangel Michael, Gabriel is described as the guardian angel of Israel, defending its people against the angels of the other nations.

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Gabriel is translated as "strength of God" in some languages.

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Gospel of Luke relates the stories of the Annunciation, in which the angel Gabriel appears to Zechariah and the Virgin Mary, foretelling the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, respectively .

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Gabriel, is interpreted by Talmudic rabbis to be the "man in linen" as in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Ezekiel.

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Alongside archangel Michael, Gabriel is described as the guardian angel of Israel, defending this people against the angels of the other nations.

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Gabriel has a prominent role as one of God's archangels in the Kabbalah literature.

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Gabriel is not to be prayed to because only God can answer prayers and sends Gabriel as his agent.

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Gabriel reaches into the treasury and takes out the first soul that comes into his hand.

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Gabriel is the fifth of the five angels who keep watch: "Gabriel, one of the holy angels, who is over Paradise and the serpents and the Cherubim" .

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Gabriel said to me: 'This first is Michael, the merciful and long-suffering: and the second, who is set over all the diseases and all the wounds of the children of men, is Raphael: and the third, who is set over all the powers, is Gabriel: and the fourth, who is set over the repentance unto hope of those who inherit eternal life, is named Phanuel.

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Gabriel only appears by name in those two passages in Luke.

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Trope of Gabriel blowing a trumpet blast to indicate the Lord's return to Earth is especially familiar in Spirituals.

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In 1455, in Armenian art, there is an illustration in an Armenian manuscript showing Gabriel sounding his trumpet as the dead climb out of their graves.

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Two centuries later, Gabriel is identified as the trumpeter, in John Milton's Paradise Lost :.

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Gabriel ended, and the Son gave signal highTo the bright minister that watch'd, he blewHis trumpet, heard in Oreb since perhapsWhen God descended, and perhaps once moreTo sound at general doom.

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Later, Gabriel's horn is omnipresent in Negro spirituals, but it is unclear how the Byzantine conception inspired Milton and the spirituals, though they presumably have a common source.

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Gabriel's horn makes an appearance in "The Eyes of Texas" in which it signifies the rapture.

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In Marc Connelly's play based on spirituals, The Green Pastures, Gabriel has his beloved trumpet constantly with him, and the Lord has to warn him not to blow it too soon.

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Four years later "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" was introduced by Ethel Merman in Cole Porter's Anything Goes .

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Feast of Saint Gabriel was included by Pope Benedict XV in the General Roman Calendar in 1921, for celebration on 24 March.

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Additionally, Gabriel is the patron saint of messengers, those who work for broadcasting and telecommunications such as radio and television, postal workers, clerics, diplomats, and stamp collectors.

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Gabriel is venerated as one of the primary archangels and as the Angel of Revelation in Islam.

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Gabriel is known by many names in Islam, such as "keeper of holiness".

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Gabriel makes a famous appearance in the Hadith of Gabriel, in which he questions Muhammad on the core tenets of Islam.

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Gabriel is believed to have delivered punishment from God to the Sodomite by leveling the entire Sodom city with a tip of his wing.

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Gabriel is believed to have helped Muhammad overcome his adversaries significantly against a demon during the Mi'raj.

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Gabriel is believed to have helped Muhammad overcome his adversaries during the Battle of Badr, where according to scholars and clerics of Islam, the various hadiths, both authentics and inauthentics, has mentioned that Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, and thousands of best angels from third level of sky, all came to the battle of Badr by impersonating appearance of Zubayr ibn al-Awwam, a Companions of the Prophet and bodyguard of the prophet.

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However, a clear distinction between apocryphal and Quranic references to Gabriel is that the former doesn't designate him as the Holy Spirit in the First Book of Enoch, which narrates the story of Gabriel defeating the Nephilim.

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Daniel 8:15 describes Gabriel as appearing in the "likeness of man" and in Daniel 9:21 he is referred to as "the man Gabriel".

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Gabriel is most often portrayed in the context of scenes of the Annunciation.

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