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Holman Bible Dictionary
(mi' kihl) Personal name meaning, “Who is like God?”. 1. Father of one of the twelve Israelite spies (Numbers 13:13
.Two Gadites (1 Chronicles 5:13-14
. Ancestor of Asaph (1 Chronicles 6:40
. Leader of the tribe of Issachar (1 Chronicles 7:3
) perhaps identical to the father of Omri (1 Chronicles 27:18
. Leader of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:16
. Manassite who defected to David's army (1 Chronicles 12:20
. Son of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 21:2
. Ancestor of one of those who returned from Exile with Ezra (Ezra 8:8
. Archangel who served as the guardian of the national of Israel (Daniel 10:13
; Daniel 12:1
). Together with Gabriel, Michael fought for Israel against the prince (angelic patron) of Persia. This angelic Michael figures in much extra-biblical literature in the intertestamental period. In Revelation 12:7
Michael commands the forces of God against the forces of the dragon in a war in heaven. Jude 1:9
refers to a dispute between the devil and Michael over Moses' body. According to Origin (A.D. 185? to 254?), this account formed part of the extra-biblical work, The Assumption of Moses
. The incident is not mentioned in the surviving fragments of this work. See Angel
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Michael'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/m/michael.html. 1991.