Abdiel (servant of God) In medieval Jewish folklore, an angel appearing in The Book of
the Angel Raziel. Milton’s Paradise Lost (book 5:805–808, 896) makes Abdiel the angel who opposes Satan’s plans to overthrow God’s rule. Milton may have borrowed the name Abdiel from 1 Chronicles (5:15) where it is given as the name of the son of Guni and the father of Ahi in the genealogy of Gad. Or Milton may have known the medieval Jewish work since he was well read in rabbinical writings.
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