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Michael

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(mi' kihl) Personal name meaning, “Who is like God?”. 1. Father of one of the twelve Israelite spies (Numbers 13:13 ). 2-3 .Two Gadites (1 Chronicles 5:13-14 ). 4 . Ancestor of Asaph (1 Chronicles 6:40 ). 5 . Leader of the tribe of Issachar (1 Chronicles 7:3 ) perhaps identical to the father of Omri (1 Chronicles 27:18 ). 6 . Leader of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:16 ); 7 . Manassite who defected to David's army (1 Chronicles 12:20 ). 8 . Son of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 21:2 ). 9 . Ancestor of one of those who returned from Exile with Ezra (Ezra 8:8 ). 10 . Archangel who served as the guardian of the national of Israel (Daniel 10:13 ,Daniel 10:13,10:21; 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 .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Michael'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/m/michael.html. 1991.

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