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Abdiel
Abdiel (Hebrew עֲבְדִּיאֵל "Servant of God") is a biblical name which has been used as the name for a number of fictional characters and as a given name for several notable people. The name is also mentioned to mean rich and famous in life. Abdiel is mentioned a single time in the Bible, in :

Fictional characters
Chief among fictional characters bearing the name Abdiel is the seraph Abdiel appearing in Milton's Paradise Lost (1667), specifically in and . Two passages from Book V serve to establish Abdiel's character:
Abdiel denounces Satan after hearing him incite revolt among the angels, and abandons Lucifer to bring the news of his defection to God. However, when he arrives, he finds that preparations are already underway for battle. In the ensuing fight, Abdiel smites SatanArielRamiel, and Arioch, presumably among others. In Asimov's Annotated Paradise LostIsaac Asimov theorized that Abdiel was in fact a representation of Milton himself. Likewise, in CyderAmbrose Philips refers to Milton as "that other bard" and contrasts Milton to his character Abdiel.

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Encyclopedia Mythica Dictionary

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Abdiel
[Other] The faithful seraph who withstood Satan when he urged the angels to revolt, according to Milton's Paradise Lost.

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

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Abdiel
servant of God
  

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (1869) , by Roswell D. Hitchcock. About

Smith's Bible Dictionary

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Abdiel

(the servant of God), son of Guni and father of Ahi, one of the Gadites who were settled in the land of Bashan, (1 Chronicles 5:15), in the days of Jotham king of Judah. (B.C. 758.)
  

Smith's Bible Dictionary (1884) , by William Smith. About

Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Abdiel
servant of God, (1 Chr. 5:15), a Gadite chief.


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