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Archangel
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Archangel
Archangel (ἀρχάγγελος, archangelos). A term that refers to angels of high rank such as Gabriel and Michael. It may have originated in literature from just before the time of the New Testament, such as the book of 1 Enoch (1 Thess 4:16; Jude 1:9). For further information, see this article: Angel.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Archangel
Archangel. Chief angel; a title given to the angel Michael (Jude 9).See Angel.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Archangel
ARCHANGEL Chief angel; a title given to the angel Michael (Jude 1:9). See Angel.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Archangel
ARCHANGEL. That there are ranks among both the good and evil angels is clear in Eph 3:10 and 6:12. The evil angels are led by Satan and the elect angels by the archangel Michael (Rev 12:7).The word “archangel” occurs only twice in the Bible (1 Thess 4:16; Jude 9) and there is only one angel so designated
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Archangel
Archangel“Chief” or “first angel” (Gk. archángelos). From the postexilic period the term referred to an angel who headed a particular group of angels. The number of archangels varies, from seven (Tob. 12:15; 2 Esdr. 5:20), to four (1 En. 87:2–3; 88:1), to three (90:31). Michael (Jude 9; Dan. 10:13;
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Archangel
Archangel [ärk ānˊjəl] (Gk. archángelos). Chief of the angels (1 Thess. 4:16) and an epithet of Michael (Jude 9). With the heightened interest in angelology during the Persian and Hellenistic periods, a hierarchy was conceived, headed by various numbers of archangels (e.g., Tob. 12:15; 1 En.
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Archangel
ARCHANGEL ἀρχάγγελοςI. The figure of the archangel already appears in the Hebrew Bible, but the Greek term archangelos (Latin archangelus) does not occur in the Greek versions of the OT. The word appears in (early) Greek passages in the OT Pseudepigrapha (e.g. Greek text of 1 Enoch) and there are
Archai
ARCHAI ἈρχαίI. The Gk term archē, and its equivalent Lat translation principium, carries the basic meaning of primacy in time or rank. It is an abstract term for power often used with the meaning ‘sphere of authority’, i.e. power which is wielded by someone in a position of political, social or economic
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Angels
Angels, archangelsThe English word angel is derived from and is frequently used to translate the Greek word angelos, “messenger.” In the Greek translation of the OT (LXX) angelos translates the Hebrew word mal’aḵ, or “messenger.” Both angelos and mal’aḵ could be used to refer to either a human or
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Archangel
ARCHANGEL (Greek, “chief angel”) A member of one of the choirs, or orders, of angels, generally counted as the eighth of nine. The word appears only twice in the Bible: once in 1 Thess 4:16 and once in Jude 1:9.Michael, who led the angelic hosts in the struggle against Lucifer and his fellow fallen
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
archangel
archangel (Gk. ἀρχάγγελος, ‘chief angel’). In the NT the word occurs only twice, at Jude v. 9, where *Michael is referred to as ‘the archangel’, and at 1 Thess. 4:16 (‘the voice of the archangel’). In Christian tradition *Gabriel and *Raphael are also commonly reckoned with Michael among the archangels.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Archangel
ARCHANGEL — in the celestial hierarchy, a spiritual being next in rank above an angel. The word “archangel” occurs several times in the Bible. In the New Testament the voice of an archangel and the sounding of the trumpet of God will signal the coming of Christ for His people (1 Thess. 4:16). Michael
Key passages
1 Th 4:16

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Jud 9

But Michael the archangel, when he argued with the devil, disputing concerning the body of Moses, did not dare to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

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