RAGUEL răg’ yŏŏ əl, rə gu’ əl (רְעוּאֵ֖ל; LXX ̔Ραγουηλ, meaning friend of God or God is friend). 1. KJV spelling of Moses’ father-in-law (
2. A character in the
3. An (arch) angel in 1 Enoch 20:4.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
ra-gu’-el, rag’-u-el (Rhagouel): "The friend of God," of Ecbatana, the husband of Edna, father of Sarah, and father-in-law of Tobias (Tobit 3:7,17; 6:10; 7:2 f; 14:12). In Tobit 7:2 he is called cousin of Tobit, and in Tobit 6:10 thehe is erroneously represented as "cousin" of Tobias = "kinsman" in the (British and American). In Enoch 20:4 Raguel appears as one of the archangels, perhaps by confusion for Raphael (Tobit 3:17). Another form of the name is REUEL (which see). one of whom composed the Zardtusht-Namah.
ra-gu’-el, rag’-u-el (re`u’-el; Septuagint: Rhagouel): The Midianite chothen, i.e. either father-in-law or brother-in-law of Moses (
(a) that all are names or perhaps titles of one man (Rashi);
(b) that Reuel was the father of Hobab and Jethro, that Jethro was the father-in-law of Moses, and that the word "father" is used for grandfather in
(c) that Reuel was the father-in-law and Jethro and Hobab brothers-in-law;
(d) that either Reuel or Hobab is to be identified with Jethro.
None of these views is free from difficulty, nor is the view of those who would give Jethro as the name in the Elohist (E) and Reuel as that in the Jahwist (Jahwist) and (J-E).
See also REUEL.