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Gabriel (meaning "God is my strength" or "man of God"), in the Bible and Qur'an, is an angel, specifically an archangel (arch means "highest" or "chief").

In the Bible[change | change source]

Gabriel is first mentioned in the Bible, in the book of Daniel, when he appeared to Daniel.[1] In the New Testament, he delivered a message from God to Zacharias,[2] and most famously, to Mary to announce the coming birth of Jesus.[3] The Catholic feast of the Annunciation celebrates this visit every year, nine months before Christmas.

In the Qur'an[change | change source]

Gabriel (Jibril in Arabic) is a messenger from Allah. He is the angel who tells Mary that she will have a baby boy. Gabriel is one of four names of angels in holy Qur'an. He revealed the Qur'an to the prophet Muhammad.

As a name[change | change source]

Gabriel has sometimes been used as a given name in English-speaking counties because of a Continental European influence. Cognates: Hungarian: Gábor. Italian: Gabriele. Finnish: Kaapo. The feminine form of the name Gabriel is Gabrielle.

References[change | change source]

  1. Daniel 8:16, Daniel 9:21
  2. Luke 1:11–20
  3. Luke 1:27–38