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Azazel means “God strengthens”. In the Dead Sea Scrolls the name Azazel occurs in The Book of Giants, an apocryphal Jewish book expanding a narrative in the Hebrew Bible, which was discovered at Qumran. The text’s creation dates to before the 2nd century BCE.
In Enoch I, he is one of the chiefs of the 200 fallen angels. Azazel taught men to fashion swords and shields and women the finery and art of beautifying the eyelids. (So girls next time we buy Cover Girl, we can thank Azazel!)
In the Zohar, the rider on the serpent is “evil Azazel.” Here he is said to be the chief of the bene elim (lower angels, “men-spirits”). Irenacus calls Azazel that “mighty but powerful angel.”
I wouldn’t like to bore you with a lot of religious myths, or facts—each much choose what to believe. So, I’ll switch…
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