Gamaliel (disambiguation)

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Gamaliel, also spelled Gamliel and Gamiliel, is the Greek form of the Hebrew name meaning "God is my reward/recompense" indicating the loss of one or more earlier children in the family. A number of influential individuals have had the name:

Hebrew Bible[edit]

New Testament[edit]

  • Gamaliel, also called Gamaliel I or Gamaliel the Elder was a first-century authority on Jewish law who appears in the Acts of the Apostles. In Christian tradition, he was later considered to be a Christian saint (Saint Gamaliel). In Judaism he is a respected authority quoted in the Talmud referred to as Rabban Gamliel.

Other Rabbinical authorities[edit]

Gamaliel in Kabbalah and Gnosis[edit]

In Kabbalah and Gnostic writings Gam(a)liel is the name of a great aeon or luminary, a beneficent spirit associated with Gabriel, Abraxas, Mikhar, and Samlo. In the Revelation of Adam to his son Seth (a Coptic apocalyptic manuscript) Gamaliel is one of the high, holy, celestial powers whose mission is "to draw the elect up to heaven". Eliphas Levi in his Philosophie Occulte rates Gamaliel as evil, an adversary of the cherubim, serving under Lilith. Gamaliel is also the name of one of the Qliphoth, see Gamaliel (Qliphah).

Gamaliel as a forename[edit]

Gamliel as a surname[edit]


  • Gamaliel Foundation, a Chicago-based non-profit providing training and consultation to affiliated congregation-based community organizations



  • "Gamalielese", a term coined by H. L. Mencken to mock President Harding's speaking style