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Reuel or Raguel (Hebrew: רְעוּאֵל, Modern: Re'u'el, Tiberian: Rəʻûʼēl, Ancient Rəġʻūʼēl; "Friend of El"), meaning "friend of God" is a Hebrew name associated with several biblical and/or religious figures.
Biblical persons with this name are:
- Moses' father-in-law, also named as Jethro and Hobab (Exodus 2:18; Numbers 10:29).
- A son of Esau. Father of Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah (Genesis 36:4,10; 1 Chronicles 1:35)
- A Gadite (Numbers 2:14), called also Deuel (Hebrew: דְּעוּאֵל, Modern: Dəʻuʼel, Tiberian: Dəʻûʼēl) (Numbers 1:14; 7:42); the father of the Gadite prince Eliasaph.
- A Benjamite. (1 Chronicles 9:7–8)
- Father-in-law of Tobias (Tobit 7:1–15)
- First name
- Reuel Abraham (born 1924), Nazi Luftwaffe pilot and Jewish convert
- Reuel Denney (1913–1995), American poet and academic
- Reuel Marc Gerecht, American writer and political analyst focused on the Middle East
- Reuel Colt Gridley (1829–1870), American storekeeper and Civil War fundraiser
- Reuel Lochore (1903–1991), New Zealand public servant and scholar
- Reuel Williams (1783–1862), U.S. Senator from Maine
- Middle name
- Jairus Reuel Aquino (born 1999), Filipino actor
- John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973), English writer
- Christopher John Reuel Tolkien (1924–2020), son and literary executor of J. R. R. Tolkien
- Simon Mario Reuel Tolkien (born 1959), writer and grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien
- Last name
- Sophas, son of Raguel (1st century), 'of royal lineage', executed during the Jewish Revolt by John, son of Dorcas
- Capt. Reuel and Lucy Merrill House, Cumberland Center, Maine
- Reuel E. Smith House, Skaneateles, New York
- Meyers, Carol (1 March 2018). Coogan, Michael D.; Brettler, Marc Z.; Newsom, Carol A.; Perkins, Pheme (eds.). The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Fifth ed.). Oxford University Press. pp. 81–83. ISBN 978-0-19-027605-8.
Like the rest of the Pentateuch, Exodus contains contradictions and redundancies. For example, Moses' father-in-law is sometimes called Reuel and sometimes Jethro; and the mountain of revelation is Sinai in some passages and Horeb in others.
- Harris, Stephen (20 January 2010). Understanding The Bible (8 ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-07-340744-9.
J names Moses’ father-in-law as Reuel or Hobab, whereas E knows him as Jethro, priest of Midian.
- "Judges 4 / Hebrew – English Bible / Mechon-Mamre".
- Josephus, Jewish War, Ch 3, v 4
- Susie Helme, The Lost Wisdom of the Magi, (The Conrad Press, 2020), p. 260.