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Saturday, July 07, 2018
ARCHANGEL WATCH What Role Does Raphael Play in the Bible? Where is this archangel in Scripture? (Stephanie Hertzenberg, Beliefnet). That is a trick question, at least for some traditions. This article is written from the perspective of the Protestant Christian tradition, but it does discuss the role of Raphael in the Second-Temple-era Jewish books of Tobit and 1 Enoch. From a historical perspective it doesn't work very well to speak of "the final form of the Bible." There are several different forms in active use today. Each has its own claim to authenticity. But that is for another discussion.