This Archangel Uriel icon I made for my niece. She has always been fond of pink and gold, so I’d just chosen her favorite colors. And I made the choice for this Archangel of Wisdom to help and protect her.
This icon is made on a 5 cm. thick piece of pressed wood, I’ve prepared myself, so it’s able to stand on its own.
More about Uriel you can read below. This is copied from another website. I don’t write about the who’s and how’s of the creatures I paint or who they are. Because about angels, saints, historical, biblical, legendary or mythical creatures are too many stories and very different from each other.
And I choose the websites I copy from random and not from one specific religion.
Angels seem to be not from here, so you can even call them E.T.’s Extra Terrestrials. 😉
We all have our own perception and beliefs. That’s not what I’m offering here. Also this is not a place for discussion about religion.
I am the creator of icons, paintings and products. And to me it’s all up to you or anyone else what meaning you give to the icon.
I do wish it works well for you, whatever it means to you.
In biblical literature, the Archangel Uriel is considered to be the angel of wisdom, who shines the light of God’s truth to those who seek information, solutions, or even require wisdom. He is commonly portrayed carrying a book or a scroll which symbolize wisdom.
The name “Uriel” is derived from the Hebrew אוּרִיאֵל and means “God is my light.” It is also translated as “Fire of God.”
Other names for Uriel are Oriel, Auriel, and Uzziel, however, he is also known as the “Prince of the Sun,” the “Angel of the Presence,” the “Archangel of Salvation,” and the “Patron of Prophecy,” and more.
Why Is Uriel Considered to be an Archangel?
It is a simple truth that the Bible reveals very little information regarding angels, and by extension, archangels.
However, there are 15 literary texts called the Apocrypha, which provide accounts of the Archangels, but are not a part of the biblical canon, so as such, these entries must be taken with a grain of salt.
These apocryphal texts include the Book of Tobit, the Book of Enoch, the First and Second Book of Esdras, The First and Second Book of the Maccabees, The Book of Wisdom, and more.
In the Book of Enoch, seven angels are defined as Archangels and are listed by name, of which Uriel is included. Archangels are superior in rank to the other types of angels such as cherubim, Seraphim, Principalities, and Powers and therefore lead them. Uriel is also mentioned by name in the Testament of Solomon.
The seven archangels mentioned in the Book of Enoch lamented over the toll that man’s sins had waged over them, which resulted in human suffering and a broken world.
In response, God assigned some of these angels to watch over mankind and guide and protect them. Uriel was one of these.
Ancient texts such as the Tobit 12:15-22 and Jewish and Kabalistic writings mention the existence of six further Archangels. Here are their names: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Jophiel, Raguel, and Lucifer.
Note: These apocryphal books, which were believed to have been written between 200 BC and AD 400. However, they were eventually disregarded for their lack of divine conception and incompatibility with biblical principles.
Is the Archangel Uriel Mentioned in the Bible?
The Archangel Uriel is not mentioned by name in the Bible, however, there are numerous depictions of him in the Apocrypha
Contrarily, in Isaiah 63:9, Uriel is speculated to be described to be in the presence of God:
in all their distress. It was no messengeror angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.