- the demon or place in the wilderness to which the scapegoat is released in an atonement ritual. Lev. 16:8, 10, 26.
- the scapegoat itself.
Origin of Azazel
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Historical Examples of azazel
The rabbis are agreed, even, that the word Azazel is not Hebrew.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The word "scapegoat" is a euphemism; the Hebrew text says Azazel.
Both Jews and Mohammedans believed Azazel to be a dread divinity.
Milton introduces Azazel as the standard-bearer of the fallen hosts of heaven.
Azazel did not think much of man; and it was for that he lost his position.
- Old Testament a desert demon to whom the scapegoat bearing the sins of Israel was sent out once a year on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:1–28)
- (in later Jewish and Gnostic writings and in Muslim tradition) a prince of demons