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This name derives from the Hebrew “Rephâ'êl > Rāfāʾēl > Rafa'el”, meaning “God who heals, God heals”. Raphael is an archangel of Judaism and Christianity, who in the Judeo-Christian tradition performs all manners of healing. In Islam, Raphael is the same as Israfil. The name of the angel Raphael appears only in the Deuterocanonical Book of Tobit. The book of Tobit is considered canonical by Catholics, Orthodox, and some Anglicans. Raphael first appears disguised in human form as the traveling companion of Tobit's son, Tobiah (Greek: To̱vías “Τωβίας”), calling himself Azarias, the son of the great Ananias. Saint-Raphaël (Occitan: Sant Rafèu) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.

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