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One of the archangels in Jewish and early Christian thought. In the OT, Gabriel appears only in (Dan 8:15-26) and (Dan 9:21-27), and, in the NT, only in (Luke 1:11-20, Luke 1:26-38). In these passages, Gabriel appears as a messenger (“angel”) from God and an interpreter for the people to whom he is sent. Tradition has associated Gabriel with the archangel whose trumpet blast will announce the return of Christ (1Thess 4:16; Matt 24:31).