One of the chief archangels, who first appears in the OT as a messenger from God (Dan. 8: 15–26) and in the NT as the herald of the supernatural births of John and Jesus (Luke 1: 19 and 1: 26–36). Gabriel is also prominent in 1 Enoch, and his role in Christian apocalyptic imagery may have been to blow the trumpet to announce the general resurrection (1 Thess. 4: 16).