The many facets of the Archangel Raphael in Bible legends
Archangel Raphael- one of the few who was mentioned in the Bible by name. His name has Chaldean roots and means, “God cured”, “Shining, who heals”. At first, his name was Labbiil, in Hebrew it sounds like this: “Rafa”, which means “doctor”, “surgeon”, “doctor”. This archangel is believed to rule the angels of healing. Sometimes it is compared to a snake.
The name of the archangel is first mentioned in the "Book of Tobit." There, disguised, he accompanies his son Tobit. The archangel explains to Tobias how to use the organs of the fish that he caught.
At the end of the journey, the mysterious fellow traveler opens and confesses that he is one of the seven holy angels who are at the throne of the Lord.
Archangel Raphael is one of four angels who heal the diseases and wounds of children, he is also an observer. He was one of the angels who visited Abraham, having done this with Gabriel and Michael.The Archangel delivered Abraham from the pain of circumcision that the patriarch did in old age.
God sent His angel to heal Jacob to relieve his hip pain, which suffered in a battle with the “dark foe” in Penuel. Raphael is also called the leader of the Sun, the prince of the second heaven, the rank of forces, the ruler of the south, the leader of the evening winds, the guardian of the tree of life that is in the Garden of Eden, the angel of repentance, prayer, light, joy, love.
Archangel Raphael is also mentioned as the patron of science, knowledge, mentor Isaac. Despite the fact that he is attributed to the rank of forces, he has six wings, like the seraphim, he is also attributed to the rank of cherubs, authorities, domination. Rafaila is a sociable, cheerful, often portrayed carelessly talking with ordinary mortal people.
In the “Revelation of Solomon” by Frederick Konibera, according to legend, Solomon asked God to assist him in building the temple, and the Almighty presented an unusual ring, which was delivered personally by Rafael to the king of the Jews. The ring had the power against demons, and thanks to him Solomon completed the building of the temple, defeating the demons
Archangel Raphaeldepicted as an earth demon in one of the Gnostic sects, clothed in a bestial form with three angels - Michael, Gabriel, Uriel. There is a legend that the Archangel patronizes travelers, pilgrims, wanderers. He himself is sometimes depicted with a staff and in sandals, with a knapsack over his shoulder.