According to Talmudic rabbis, Gabriel is symbolized by the “man in linen” in Daniel and Ezekiel. Gabriel is the one who interprets Daniel’s visions in the Bible’s Book of Daniel. In Daniel, Gabriel’s primary role as the narrator is to reveal. Angel Gabriel is depicted in the Book of Ezekiel as the angel sent to destroy Jerusalem. Gabriel seems to be a man and sits at God’s left elbow, according to the Jewish Encyclopedia. The names Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel were derived from the Babylonian exile, according to Shimon ben Lakish. Gabriel is referenced in the Bible, along with the archangel Michael, as Israel’s defender angel, protecting the Jewish people from the attacks of other nations’ angels. Because he is a sephirah of Yesod, Gabriel is referred to as Yesod in Kabbalah. In Kabbalah literature, Gabriel is also one of God’s archangels. Gabriel appears to be a member of God’s court who collaborates with Michael. Gabriel is not to be prayed to because only God is capable of answering prayers, yet he sends Gabriel as his representative. According to Jewish legend, in the Garden of Eden, a “tree of souls” flowers and produces new souls, which fall into the Gulf, or Treasury of Souls. From the treasury, Gabriel takes the first soul that comes into his grasp. Lailah, the Angel of Conception, then guards the fetus until it is ready to be born. There was a variety of writing during the intertestamental period (about 200 BC – 50 AD), many of which were concerned with the end times. Angelic and demonic creatures of all kinds were created, each with their own set of duties and position in God’s hierarchy.