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Gabriel in Biblical Hebrew
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The name Gabriel in the Bible

Gabriel is one of two named angels in the Bible; Michael is the other one. Of Michael we know that he's an archangel but of Gabriel we do not. Still Gabriel is a pretty important guy.

Gabriel explains to Daniel some of the most awesome visions contained in the Bible (Daniel 8:16 and 9:21), and, more than five centuries later, Gabriel (Γαβριηλ) announces to Zacharias and Mary their respective sons: John to be The Baptist and Jesus Christ (Luke 1:19, 26).

Gabriel himself submits that he stands in the presence of the Lord (Luke 1:19), which is no small thing, even though that has been promised to all of us (Jude 1:24).

Etymology of the name Gabriel

The name Gabriel consists of two parts. The final bit is אל (El), the abbreviated form of אלהים, Elohim, the genus God:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

The first segment of the name Gabriel comes from the verb גבר (gabar), meaning to be mighty:

Abarim Publications Theological Dictionary

Gabriel meaning

The English language (vastly inferior to Hebrew) knows plenty of amicable words for man (dude, bloke, chap, codger) but no words that describe him as a powerful creature without getting ridiculous (He-man, hunk, tiger). If such a word would ever be devised, the name Gabriel consists of it, plus the word El. For now, we must settle for a too simple Man Of God, or God's Guy.

See the name Zechariah for a playful variant of the name Gabriel. It means something like Yah's Male. In modern times the name Gabriel was turned into the feminine name Gabriela.

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