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What are the names of the seven archangels?

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According to the Book of Enoch, the names of the seven archangels are Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Remiel, and Saraqael. The Book of Enoch is an ancient Jewish text that dates back to between 170 B.C. and 64 B.C.

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The earliest known reference to the concept of seven archangels appears in the Book of Enoch.The first chapter details a group of seven angels who watch over all humankind with the archangel Michael as their leader. Most in the Jewish and Christian faiths do not consider The Book of Enoch canonical, or binding, but it made its mark on both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and is explicitly mentioned in verses 14 and 15 of the Epistle of St. Jude.

Different texts vary in how they specify the names of the seven archangels. The Bible, for instance, names only three of them explicitly. In the Old Testament, the Book of Tobit mentions Raphael as "one of the seven angels who stand and serve before the Lord." The New Testament mentions Gabriel as the angel who told the Virgin Mary that she was to bear a son, Jesus, while the Book of Revelation mentions Michael's defeat of Satan's forces.

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