Azazel

Who is Azazel?

Azazel is a fallen angel whose evil influence led to the corruption of humanity. Because he was a leader among the fallen angels, the Jewish Book of Enoch commands its readers to “ascribe all sin” to him.

Characteristics

Physical Description

Originally, Azazel was one of heaven’s angels, a gloriously beautiful man with wings on his back. When he sympathized with Satan, he was cast down to earth and became one of the “fallen angels.” Presumably, the evil that he spread as a fallen angel corrupted his beauty as well. By the time he became a major character in Jewish and Christian texts, he had taken on a demonic appearance.

The Dead Sea Scrolls describe Azazel as a demon

“chained to the rough and jagged rocks of Ha […] in utter darkness,”

while the Apocalypse of Abraham describes him as a carrion bird, a serpent, and as a demon with

“hands and feet like a man’s and on his back six wings on the right and six on the left.”

Today, like many demons, Azazel is drawn with red skin, glowing yellow eyes, and a barbed tail. He may also be found wearing goat skulls or dressed in goat bones, since Jewish desert tribes once sacrificed goats to him.

Personality

From the start, Azazel was one of heaven’s most powerful and clever angels. When God created man, Azazel revealed that he had a rebellious streak too, as he refused to bow to man and objected,

“Why should God create a human being, who will shed blood and confusion, while the angels prostrate before him and sing his glory day and night?”

In response to this defiance, God cast Azazel and many other angels down to earth. The punishment didn’t stop Azazel’s rebellion. He became a leader of the Grigori, a group of angels who married mortal women and produced a line of monstrous children. Then, he began teaching evil to humans. He taught men the art of warfare and of weapon-making, and he taught women “the art of deception,” which involved making and wearing cosmetics. Finally, he began teaching humans about witchcraft. His influence was so disastrous that, in the Book of Enoch, God says,

“The whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin.”

Cultural Representation

In Judaism

For early Semitic tribes, Azazel (literally “strong one against God”) was a very real force of evil. It was common for them to make sacrifices to Azazel at the same time that they made sacrifices to their god, Yahweh. As described in the Hebrew Bible, Azazel’s sacrifices were made by driving a goat into the desert wilderness or by pushing it into a deep ravine. These sacrifices were not meant to honor Azazel as a deity; rather, they symbolized the people sending their sins back to their original source.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Enoch, and the Apocalypse of Abraham provided more details about how Azazel came to earth, what he did to spread sin on earth, and how he was punished by God.

In Christianity

Azazel is a less well-known figure among Christians, since the Latin and English versions of the Bible translated his name as “scapegoat” or “wasteland.” Seventh Day Adventists acknowledge Azazel as Satan’s right-hand man and claim that a special kind of torment awaits him on the Day of Judgment.

In Islam

Muslim tradition takes the story of Azazel even farther back, to the days when he ranked among the good angels. Some scholars believe that he was among the most wise and noble angels and that he fought against the jinn who lived on earth before humans. Others believe that he was a jinn who, as a reward for fighting against other jinn, was allowed to enter heaven and be called an angel.

Unfortunately, his position of honor made him arrogant, and when God created man, he refused to bow down to the new creation. For this reason, he was cast back to earth and became a plague on men.

Modern Appearances

Today, Azazel is not very well-known. He is only mentioned in the Bible twice, and very few people read the additional Jewish and Christian texts that provide more information about him.

A few works of fantasy have tipped their hats to Azazel. For example, he appears as a villain in X-men, Fallen, and Sandman.

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Lisa-Marie Enaaja
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Lisa-Marie Enaaja

😇 The narrative text is simply implying that like those legendary figures in the pre-Socratic era and Socrates himself were raising questions that only mere intelligence should evoke within oneself and sharing these questions amongst the youth of the dominion in witch they lived amongst. Therefore speculative views of the authorities received this information and saw it as a threat. Rebellion is a sign that we are God’s children as in the genesis Holy Bible God is angered with misinterpreting Eve’s ignition of curiosity rather than having knowledge of it and claiming it was temptation whence it was pure wonder… Read more »

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im calling any demon that wants to fight me…. i follow the Lamb wherever He goes… I am NOT afraid will wipe the floor with their raggedy ass as I keep saying thanks rap the news ( reply to the above post… although i like his post not afraid)

does he have different looks why am i seeing him with red hair covering his eyes then dark hair? magic? what? i dont get it

Kev kev
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Kev kev

There is a spiritual war going on. A war against good and evil, it rages within every human being living on earth. When you want to do the right thing but instead you do the complete opposite of it, thats the war. There are forces of evil that try to influence each and every decision you make on a daily basis. They want you to make wrong choices , stupid and reckless decisions, to sum it up, they want you to sin, because they know that the results of sin is death and if you keep sinning you will eventually… Read more »

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ANONYMOUSlY

In islam the real angel are always and absolue obey to Almighty. they were program like that, therefore reject and disobey is not an option and there will be no single mind of its. soo.. azazel is pure jinn,and jinn also has free will just like man. like the story after his rejection and rebellion, he was expelled from heaven, his face, his physical, and his status changed from his previous honorable being cursed, and from named azazel to became syaitan/satan. satan are jinn, but not all jinn were satan..like the tribes of humans, jinn has tribes as well, and… Read more »

margarita
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margarita

why doesnt he like his red hair its beautiful

margarita
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margarita

me too

Dechampion
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Dechampion

Ive had several run in with Azazel and id like to forget most of them… The stories about him being in love with women is highly likely to be true. Im a strong believer of the supernatural and spiritul

Haiku Wasteland
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Haiku Wasteland

I just read, above, demons can do seeming goods. I recall having requested only very few & specific prayers. Those I recall issuing forth were answered. I’m curious, as to whether it’s possible that a demon may have granted prayers; that maybr ” God, ” or whatever name should be ascribed to supreme benificence, did not. For the record, I like to keep shit organic, and be transparent & natural, hoping I’m not grouped with zealots, or people who’ve been conditioned, or nudged, into testifying, to back their religion / beliefs. It’s why I curse. I hope deeply, to somehow… Read more »

NoisyBoy
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NoisyBoy

All enemies of God show up defeated just know that they can only harm you if you give them (authority) . We have dominion over all creatures of the earth even so called fallen angels and demons. This is 100% accurate. Just remember
God never took that gift back we just forgot over time. Wake up it’s time the battle has already started and we are Victorious from the beginning.

Tmack
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Tmack

all of these comments about A being evil, or hurting people. ur all wrong about him! he has helped me so Manu times, he keeps his friends safe, so unless u actually know wat the fuck ur talking about maybe u should keep ur damn mouth shut. it not only pisses me off reading these comments but pisses HIM off too!