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Thursday, December 03, 2009

The angel Gabriel

- Gabriel and Daniel in the Citadel by Ted Larson

An interesting post at The Bible and Interpretation - Gabriel Blow Your Horn! - A Short History of Gabriel within Jewish Literature. Here's just a small bit ....


[...] The angel Gabriel, whose name means “God is my warrior,” appears for the first time in Daniel 8-9 (and probably 10-12 as well) where he is sent to interpret the various visions of Daniel. In general, the depiction of Gabriel within the Book of Daniel should be seen as a development from previous biblical traditions, both consistent with and distinct from those traditions. For example, in Daniel 8:15 he appears in the “likeness of man” and in Daniel 9:21 he is referred to as “the man Gabriel.” Such anthropomorphic descriptions of an angel are consistent with previous and subsequent descriptions of angels (cf. Genesis 19:5 and Acts 12:15). However, distinct from previous traditions is the remarkable appearance of Gabriel. For example, in Daniel 8:16-17, in his first encounter with Gabriel, the prophet Daniel is struck with fear and falls upon his face. The text reads, “Then I heard the voice of a man beside the Ulai and he said, ‘Gabriel, explain the vision to this man.’ Then he came to where I was standing and when he came I was terrified and I fell upon my face.” Similarly, in Daniel 9:21, Gabriel is said to approach Daniel “in swift flight” (NRSV), presumably, by means of wings .........



Blogger Richard said...

I want to see an angel... I think

10:37 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

They do seem to evoke mixed emotions.

11:05 AM  
Blogger sore eyes said...

they usually seem to want you to do something

12:42 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yes, and they can get ticked off if you hesitate :)

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will like to see an Angel

6:16 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I'm worried they'll be a little scary ;)

7:09 PM  

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