According to Judaism
is an angel
). He appears first in the prophesies
in the Old Testament
. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Enoch
. In the Gospel of Luke
, Gabriel visits Zacharias
and Mary, the mother of Jesus
, to announce the imminent birth of their children, one of which would be Jesus
. Gabriel plays a prominent role in the book of Revelation
. According to Islam
, Gabriel is the angel who visited Mohammed
and gave him the Qur'an
. (see Jabril
In Roman Catholic belief he is named a Saint. He is the patron saint of communications workers. His feast day is September 29th.
The name Gabriel means "man of God", "God has shown himself mighty", or "Hero of God."