(mi' kihl) Personal name meaning, “Who is like God?”. 1. Father of one of the twelve Israelite spies (Numbers 13:13). 2-3.Two Gadites (1 Chronicles 5:13-14). 4. Ancestor of Asaph (1 Chronicles 6:40). 5. Leader of the tribe of Issachar (1 Chronicles 7:3) perhaps identical to the father of Omri (1 Chronicles 27:18). 6. Leader of the tribe of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:16); 7. Manassite who defected to David's army (1 Chronicles 12:20). 8. Son of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 21:2). 9. Ancestor of one of those who returned from Exile with Ezra (Ezra 8:8). 10. Archangel who served as the guardian of the national of Israel (Daniel 10:13,Daniel 10:21;
Daniel 12:1). Together with Gabriel, Michael fought for Israel against the prince (angelic patron) of Persia. This angelic Michael figures in much extra-biblical literature in the intertestamental period. In
Revelation 12:7 Michael commands the forces of God against the forces of the dragon in a war in heaven.
Jude 1:9 refers to a dispute between the devil and Michael over Moses' body. According to Origin (A.D. 185? to 254?), this account formed part of the extra-biblical work, The Assumption of Moses. The incident is not mentioned in the surviving fragments of this work. See Angel.
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