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The early books of the Hebrew bible speak of angels as malach (מלאך) which means messenger but do not identify them directly by name.

It is not until the book of  Daniel that the  archangels Michael and Gabriel are  mentioned by their individual names. Michael and Gabriel are the two archangels said to be stationed on the right and left of God's heavenly throne.  The angels stationed before and behind God, Uriel and Raphael, are not named anywhere in the Hebrew bible.

The angel Raphael, however, is mentioned in the Jewish apocryphal, The Book of Enoch.  He is also believed to have taken an active role in biblical events, first as the angel who healed Abraham after his circumcision and later as the angel who healed Jacob of the injury sustained while wrestling with another angel (also unnamed in this part of the text but believed to be the archangel Michael).   

According to Rabbi David Cooper, in his wonderful book Invoking Angels, it was Raphael who healed Miriam after she was afflicted with leprosy. When Moses (Miriam's brother) prays that his sister be healed, he says:  'Heal her now, O God, I beseech Thee.' (Numbers 12:13):  El nah refah nah lah (אֵל, נָא רְפָא נָא לָהּ).   Rabbi Cooper maintains that the name of Raphael can be found in this passage by combining the two words refah (heal) and El (God) - refah-el: (אֵל) + (רְפָא).

It is Raphael who may be invoked in healing meditations. My meditation today is to become aware of Raphael as he stands behind me - a being of light and compassion whose awareness I hope to direct to someone in need.  

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  1. I read the Catholic bible which, I understand, contains books that the protestant bibles do not. The Pentateuch? One of these books is the account of Tobias who is accompanied on a journey by an angel. I think it's Raphael. Do you know? I love this beautiful archangel.

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  2. I didn't know, but I did a little research and you're right, the angel was Raphael. He was sent in answer to Tobias' prayer for assistance on his journey. Thanks so much for adding this! I love learning about the angels - especially Raphael.

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  3. Ever read the novel, Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers? If you haven't, it's beautiful and you may enjoy it! Blessings.

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  4. I haven't but I am going to keep my eye out for the audio book. It sounds like a very nice book! Thank you.

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