Archangels in Religion

Find out which major faiths mention archangels in their religious texts.

BY: Compiled by Sherry Huang

 

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RAPHAEL


Apocrypha:

  1. Listed as one of four angels along with Gabriel, Michael, and Uriel (Enoch 9:1).
  2. One of seven archangels named with their delegated tasks (Enoch 20).
  3. Instructed by God to bind Azazel, an angel of darkness, by the hand and foot (Enoch 10:5-7).
  4. Explains to Enoch the purpose of four hollow places, where the souls of the dead dwell before Judgment Day (Enoch 22:3-24).

Catholic Faith:

  1. In the Book of Tobit Raphael takes the human form of Azarias and serves as a guide for Tobias, the son of Tobit, on his journey to collect money his father left in the city of Media.
  2. He also taught Tobias how to heal his father of temporary blindness and how to free a young woman, whom he marries, from a demon.
  3. Announced he was one of the "seven holy angels who present prayers of the saints" before God (Book of Tobit 12:15).

Muslim Faith:

Even though he's not mentioned in the Qur'an, he is mentioned in the Hadith as the angel who blew the trumpet signaling the arrival of Judgment Day.




URIEL


Apocrypha:

  1. Listed as one of four angels along with Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael (Enoch 9:1).
  2. One of seven archangels with their delegated tasks (Enoch 20).
  3. Instructed by God to warn Noah about the Great Flood and how to prepare for it (Enoch 10:1-3).
  4. Acted as a guide to Enoch and as an instructor about the cosmos (Enoch 21:5-10).
  5. Reveals the judgment that will face the angels that have fallen from God (Enoch 19:1-3).
  6. Explained God's seven visions to the prophet Ezra (2 Esdras).


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