Quis ut Deus?

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Statue of Archangel Michael slaying a dragon (interpreted to be Satan). The inscription on the shield reads: Quis ut Deus. Hallway in the University of Bonn, Germany.

Quis ut Deus? (or Quis sicut Deus?), a Latin sentence meaning "Who [is] like God?", is a literal translation of the name Michael (Hebrew: מִיכָאֵל‎, transliterated Micha'el or Mîkhā'ēl).

The sentence Quis ut Deus? is particularly associated with Archangel Michael.[1][2] In art St. Michael is often represented as an angelic warrior, fully armed with helmet, sword, and shield, as he overcomes Satan, sometimes represented as a dragon and sometimes as a man-like figure. The shield at times bears the inscription: Quis ut Deus,[3] the translation of the archangel's name, but capable also of being seen as his rhetorical and scornful question to Satan.[4]

The Scapular of St. Michael the Archangel also bears this phrase.[5]

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  1. ^ John Elven, 1854, The book of family crests Henry Washbourne Publisher, page 112
  2. ^ Ann Ball, 2003 Encyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices ISBN 0-87973-910-X page 520
  3. ^ "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Michael the Archangel". www.newadvent.org.
  4. ^ Studies in Revelation by Hampton J. Keathley, 3rd, J. Hampton Keathley III 1997 Biblical Studies Press ISBN 0-7375-0008-5 page 209
  5. ^ John F. Sullivan, 2009 The Externals of the Catholic Church ISBN 1-113-71408-5 page 202

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