The Angel Michael in Scripture and Art

Scriptural References to Michael

Old Testament / Torah References

Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me twenty-one days . So Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia. (Heb –  and I was left there with the kings of Persia)

Daniel 10:21 But I am to tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth. There is no one with me who contends against these princes except Michael, your prince.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.

New Testament References

Revelation 12:7-9 And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated , and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the Earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Jude 1:9 But when the archangel Michael contended with the devil and disputed about the body of Moses, he did not dare to bring a condemnation of slander (and / or blasphemy) against him, but said “The Lord rebuke you!”

Qur’an References

Sura 2:98:  Whoever is an enemy to God, and His angels and His messengers, to Gabriel and Michael! Then, God (Himself) is an enemy to the disbelievers / to those who reject Faith.

Examples of Depictions of Michael in Art.

Archangel Mikhael with scenes from his life, Yaroslavl, early 17th cent, Rublyov Museum, Moscow


Bamberg Apocalypse: Angel and the Serpent

11th Century

Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, Ms. Bibl. 140


St. Michael Detail of the central panel : Late 11th or early 12th century, Constantinople. Gold, silver gilt, cloisonne enamel on gold.


Michael the Angel 15th century icon


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